The streets of Manhattan are paved with gold. In footage, released on Twitter by the New York Police Department, as shows a security guard leaving the back of the truck open for what seems like just a few seconds.
In that time, a man walks up to it, grabs a bucket and begins to make his escape. The bucket is quite heavy and the man struggles to carry it. Perhaps he doesn’t work out much.
At one point, indeed, he puts it down on the sidewalk so that he can rest.
The bucket was full of gold flakes — 86 pounds to be precise, which have a market value of roughly $1.6 million.
It’s unclear whose flakes they were or where they were being transported, though this area is New York’s jewelry district, so there’s quite a lot of gold around the area.
The NYPD didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. However, Det. Martin Pastor told NBC New York: “I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off.”
CBS New York reports that the driver had sat on another bucket in the back of the truck and only realized that the bucket on which he normally put his feet was gone.
The police suspect the man has disappeared to Florida. They describe him as male, Hispanic and between 50 and 60 years old. They say he took an hour to carry the gold on a walk that would have normally taken 10 minutes. The cameras, sadly, lost him after that.