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FBI releases photo of gold bar stolen in recent heist

About $4.9 million in gold bars stolen from tractor-trailer that set out from Miami

(Courtesy: FBI)

MIAMI – The FBI has released a photograph of a gold bar that was stolen from a tractor-trailer that set out from Miami last month.

Agents said the bar, which was recently recovered in South Florida, weighs 26 pounds and is valued between $470,000 and $500,000.

On March 1, about $4.9 million in gold bars was stolen from a tractor-trailer along Interstate 95 in Wilson County, North Carolina.

The tractor-trailer was set to arrive in Boston on March 2, but on the night before, the occupants of the trailer said they were robbed.

They told authorities that two men, who identified themselves as "policia," restrained them, set up traffic cones around the truck and led them into a nearby wooded area before stealing the gold.

The robbers, who spoke only Spanish during the heist, are believed to have fled the scene in a white van. Since the shipment began its journey in South Florida, FBI agents believe that the robbers might have been from the Miami area.

Agents did not disclose where, when or how the gold bar was recovered, citing the ongoing investigation.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call 754-703-2000.

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