NYPD: Thief Stole 86-Lb. Bucket of Gold Flakes Worth $1.6M

NEW YORK (AP) -
NYPD officers stand guard during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan.

The unidentified thief swiped the 5-gallon metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck’s cab to reportedly retrieve his cell phone.

The incident occurred in broad daylight on West 48th Street in New York City’s Midtown section. Police say the suspect likely didn’t know what the bucket contained.

Police say the thief lugged the gold flakes up the street, taking an hour to complete what would normally be considered a 10-minute walk. He then hopped into a white van and fled.

The suspect is believed to be hiding out in Florida.