Video shows thief walking away with bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6 million

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NEW YORK -- There's a reason you aren't supposed to leave vehicles unattended in the middle of New York. You never know how valuable their contents can be.

A man stole an aluminum bucket full of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million from the back of an unattended truck in midtown Manhattan on Sept. 29. The pail weighed approximately 86 pounds.

An armored truck company was making a pickup and left the back of the truck open and unattended in front of 48 West 48th St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

In the time the truck was left alone, a man was able to walk up and make off with some of its precious cargo.


In surveillance footage released by the New York Police Department, a man is seen walking up to the back of the truck, grabbing the bucket and shuffling off with it in broad daylight.

At first, he's about to walk past the truck, but then he notices the unattended bucket and makes a turn to grab it. The video shows two men chatting in front of the truck as the suspect walks away with the gold.

The men don't seem to notice the gold disappearing. In the footage, the thief can be seen struggling under the weight of the loot.

Police still looking for the thief. He is described as a Hispanic male who is about 5-foot-6, 150 pounds and between 50 and 60 years old.

Surveillance video showed a man taking a bucked off the back of the truck.

Surveillance video showed a man taking a bucked off the back of the truck.