Caught On Tape: Man Steals $1.6 Million Bucket Full Of Gold In Midtown Manhattan In Broad Daylight

Tyler Durden's picture

Police released footage on Tuesday of what may be the luckiest theft in recent history. In the clip, a man brazenly swipes an 86-pound bucket full of gold worth $1.6 million from the back of an unattended armored truck on West 48th Street in the Diamond District on Sept. 29, in broad daylight, as tourists and locals were walking in and out of the jewelry stores that line the block.

The footage, first obtained by NBC 4 New York showed the man capitalizing on a 20-second window left open by the guards, one of whom was making a pickup while the other was walking to the front seat. The suspect allegedly cased the open Loomis International truck as it parked outside 48 W. 48th St., near Sixth Avenue. Realizing no one was looking, he then grabbed a black 5-gallon bucket carrying 86 pounds of gold flakes bound for Ontario and ran away with it in his arms, police said.

The heist, which was captured on tape, showed the man making off with the 86-pound bucket. Throughout his hour-long escape, he appears to struggle with the gold flakes, stopping to set them down several times and even attempting to carry them on his shoulder at one point.

Surveillance cameras tracked him weaving around a crowded sidewalk and onto Sixth Avenue where he disappears from view. 

The suspect, who hadn't been arrested as of Wednesday morning, is about 5
feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds and in his 50s, police said. Cops suspect that the man is lying low in Orlando or Miami until things blow over in the Big Apple. He was last seen wearing a black vest, green shirt, blue jeans and carrying a black messenger bag, police said.

According to the Post, authorities said his actions appeared to be those of a man who was completely unprepared. “I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off,” NYPD Detective Martin Pastor told NBC, adding that police believe the sticky-fingered swindler had no idea what he had just scored.

“I think when the lucky charm opened up the bucket, he’d seen the rainbow and seen the gold,” Pastor said.

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MCDirtMigger's picture

And now he's stuck with that ancient relic.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) MCDirtMigger Nov 30, 2016 3:40 PM

My nigger

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris mining for copper in Minsk is start to appear less profitable than bucket mining in NYC…

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Boris Alatovkrap Nov 30, 2016 3:47 PM

On his way to the seamstress to make a shirt out of it, move to India, get the shit kicked out of him, DIE... & then have the little Rothschilds white corpuscles/antibodies swarm, melt down the gold into bricks, put it in a vault under Tel Aviv, and launch it to Nibiru so that the lizards can save their atmosphere.


Pretty much an average 'day in the life'.

Sofa King's picture

Grills for all his Vatos.

Shit, that's like a scene right out of Groundhog's Day.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Sofa King Nov 30, 2016 4:08 PM

a gust of wind... dog bark... cue the truck... exit Herman... exit Felix & stand there with a not so bright look on your face... alright Doris... Come on! (hey ~ fix your bra honey)...


"I told you to call me BRONCO"



letsit's picture

Never Caught On Tape: In 2008, the Fed robbed $30 TRILLION.

BuddyEffed's picture

Pound those flakes with a hammer into nuggets or foil or into a toilet shaped mold.

zeronetwork's picture

Now, because of this every gold seller individual needs to show proof of purchase.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) zeronetwork Nov 30, 2016 6:18 PM

Never happen. The Cash 4 Gold market must keep sweeping up the US domestic gold supply.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

This guy has absolutely zero chance of getting away with it.  He'll be nabbed within a few days.

remain calm's picture

He probably a dumb smuck and thinks "damn I should have taken the other bucket, it probably had card cash in it."

wren's picture

All he needs to do is get a torch, crucible, and melt it down. The gold was better than cash! I recommend he not fill out the form with Homeland Security to sell to the feds though. That might not go over so well...


espirit's picture

Transporter to Enterprise, no... Florida.

Damn, that was a quick ASSumption.


Way to go NY Dweebs, don't think we're awake Huh?

Harlequin001's picture

JUDGE: "So Why did you nick it then?

MAN: 'Cos it's 'traditional', and cos no one wants it.

JUDGE: True, people shouldn't leave this worthless shite lying around. Not Guilty...

'and make sure you take this shite away with you when you go, and don't leave it lying around where someone might trip over it...

fleur de lis's picture

This will come to a bad end for all of them.

That moron is a walking talking loose end.

Maybe the guard as well. 

And the lookout if that's what the other guy was.

That much gold was not meant to be split up and shared among the group.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) fleur de lis Dec 1, 2016 12:25 AM

He sort of looks like a Leprecon.  I'll bet that was his gold and he was just reclaiming his bucket of gold.


de3de8's picture

Get the disguise going, grow beard, mustache, shave head. Lay low and keep trap shut.
I suspect that at least one of those security personnel now unemployed.

Dave Thomas's picture

Oy, and don't leave no bellsouth traffic cones behind neither!

Food Loaf Junkie's picture

You can get an electric melting pot for casting bullets that should produce enough heat to melt pure gold for a little over $100.  Once melted and cast into whatever molds you have it would be untraceable.

Rich Stoehner's picture

Exactly what Asia has been doing with all the gold we have leased them.

Tall Tom's picture





Form?  I have never had to fill out any paperwork to sell Gold.


Form? What form? There is no form required by DHS....or even IRS...of which  I am aware .


Who will sell that to the Feds? There are so many private buyers and plenty of demand for the shiny. 


Even Kitco will buy that...and cut a check...which makes the asshole liable for taves..and leaves a papertrail right to his door.


Chaldean Jewelers will line up for Fine Gold.. For that, if refined, I'd get 99% Spot immediately...and I'd accept only checks allowed. No papertrail.


Refining it first, before melting, would be better. and much more valuable. It is totally untracable.


And this fuckin' theif who stole it will get away with it. That is the reality. What a fuckin' thief!!! (...unless he is stupid.)


Hopefully he is stupid. While the unfortunate truth is that they only catch the stupid is fortunate that most are fuckin' stupid.


Form!!! Bah humbug!!!


No. There should not be forms. A form, or any other law, will never prevent the behavior. 


There should not be thieves.


Crucify them. That prevents them from doing the behavior again. Nail them to a tree in the desert and let the coyotes scatter their bones. No Law Enforcement Officers needed.

Tall Tom's picture





Aw..Somebody loves thieves...


The wages of sin is DEATH. Thank God for the Mohave Desert.

brockhardman's picture

That's literally double the amount they keep at the NY FED.

Rich Stoehner's picture

Wrong! If you double zero you get zero. That's how much the fed has, zero.

amusedobserver's picture

Watch the video.  The guy pulls the 86-pound bucket off of the pallet it is sitting on and it drops 5 inches to the truck bed.  And the guard didn't hear the loud "thunk" or feel any vibration?

RAT005's picture

It happened a few months ago and apparently he is still free.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

But they just released the video. Now that the public can identify him, some jealous neighbor will turn him in. All they need to do is offer a reward.

Parabolic Sine's picture

If he can hide out for 7 years, the statute of limitations should take effect.

Dane Bramage's picture

Um, this video is from " Sept. 29," & he hasn't yet been aprehended.   Seems to me he already got away with it.

mkkby's picture

Got away with it?  The dude is buzzard food out in some desert.  The gold was recovered quickly.

The video was released to cover up the murder.


consider me gone's picture

He'd have to clear out of town immediately and head for some small rural locale and keep a very low profile.

PTR's picture

Sorry, officer.  I had had a boating accident over the East River.

willwork4food's picture

Possibly, if someone recognizes him after they put a bounty on his head. But if he was smart he wouldn't spend a dime of the gold until things quieted down for a while. Then you go to another city far away and craig's list it or pawn it in small amounts.

European American's picture

"This guy has absolutely zero chance of getting away with it.  He'll be nabbed within a few days."

Isn't that what they said about Hillary?

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Hell no. That dude is gone. I bet he is "undocumented." Good for him.

Multi's picture

"Good for him" ?

It's called theft. You know theft is bad, right?  It's taking things other people have busted their asses working for.


Tall Tom's picture



It is evil only when it happens to him as he exposes his narcissism and his psychopathy.


Theft is evil and I thank God fot the Mohave Desert, Palo Verde Trees and Joshua Trees.


One can just tie and nail the thief to the tree and drive away. Crucify them. No worries. The coyotes scatter their bones.


It is Biblical as Jesus was crucified with two thieves. The wages of sin is DEATH.

Crash Overide's picture

If you don't "hold" it you don't own it bro...

That's what I call taking the initiative.

Tall Tom's picture




You call theft "taking the initiative"? You have no moral compass?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) zeronetwork Dec 1, 2016 6:45 AM

Snowflakes, gold flakes and theft in the Diamond District.


Phil Free's picture

So you can die sitting on it like Elvis did?

11b40's picture

Where is Phillipat?  He must be out for a swim from his yacht in Mediterranean.  He should be here in 10,9,8.......

xavi1951's picture

China getting gold on the cheep.

fockewulf190's picture

Guarenteed that guy is balder than Kojak by now. 

knukles's picture

Jesus H folks, I used to work a block from there.  I cannot imagine an armoured car being left unattended in that area.  NFW
Was a setup!

Black Forest's picture

Unattended?? Watch the brave soldiers at 00:37.