Robbers steal 275 pounds of gold in a lonely area of Interstate 95
An armored truck was hijacked by armed robbers along a lonely area of Interstate 95. The hijackers fled with 275 pounds of gold bars after tying up two guards. According to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, the guards were surprised to see three armed men driving a white van and they told the guards to lie on the ground. Then, they tied their hands and took them to woods in close proximity.
After that, the robbers ran away with about $4.8 million in gold. It was stated by Transvalue that its employees were safe during the robbery. According to Transvalue chief executive officer Jay Rodriguez, the truck left Miami at about 4 am. The truck left for Attleboro, Massachusetts, which is a town south of Boston nicknamed 'Jewelry City'.
"At this time we are working with the authorities to try and resolve this matter. We are offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of these criminals", Rodrigez said. Interstate 95 is one of the busiest roads on the East Coast, but the robbery took place in the rural area, bordering trees and farms, which is not that busy.
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. refused to give interview. He also didn't reply messages from The Associated Press inquiring about additional information. He was asked about the weapons used by the robbers. He was also questioned regarding how they managed to carry out a successful robbery.
According to Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Charlotte field office, agents are supporting the local sheriff and they are making efforts to find out whether a federal crime has been committed.