This is something that looks like it’s straight out of a movie. Yesterday afternoon about 30 million USD worth of gold and other precious metal was stolen from the cargo terminal at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport. The robbers sure had a well thought out plan, when you consider how hard this should be to pull off.
Over 1,500 pounds of metal was stolen, including over 700 pounds of gold. This was meant to be sent to Zurich and New York.
So, what happened? The group of thieves held one of the cargo dispatchers and his family hostage since Wednesday afternoon, to get inside information about the facility, and what the most valuable cargo is.
Presumably based on that information, on Thursday afternoon they drove into the cargo facility with two cloned police cars, wearing masks and heavily armed, with the hostage along with them. The employees in the cargo area cooperated, and helped them load the cargo into their car using forklifts.
After escaping they abandoned their vehicles, and got into a pickup truck and used an ambulance to transport the stolen cargo.
Fortunately no one was injured or shot (at least that we know of), though the thieves haven’t yet been identified or found.
All of this was captured on tape, and OMG it’s some dramatic footage:
It really looks like something out of the latest Hollywood movie, rather than a scenario that played out in real life.
I guess we should be happy no one was hurt, at least that we know of. I hope these guys are caught, though we at least have to give them credit for devising a plan that’s well thought out and seems like it could be the plot of a movie.
It’ll be interesting to learn more details about this case. How did they know who they should kidnap to get more information, was no aspect of this an inside job, etc.?