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Thief steals barrel of gold flakes from armored truck in NYC

New York Daily News New York Daily News 1/10/2016 ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, BEN KOCHMAN

A selection of gold bars and gold flakes.A thief somehow made off with a 55-gallon barrel of gold flakes weighing about 86 pounds. - Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images © New York Daily News A selection of gold bars and gold flakes.A thief somehow made off with a 55-gallon barrel of gold flakes weighing about 86 pounds. - Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images A bandit ran off with over $1 million worth of gold after swiping a barrel from an armored truck in Midtown, police sources said Friday.

The brazen theft went down on W. 48th St. near Fifth Ave. Thursday afternoon, when two guards on a Loomis International truck making a pick-up in the Diamond District noticed that one five-gallon drum of gold flakes – part of a larger shipment headed to Canada – was missing.

The 86-pound tin of precious metals, valued at around $1,565,000, was part of a delivery meant to end up in Ontario with a company called Asahi Refining, sources said.

The truck’s surveillance cameras caught a suspect lifting a container and sprinting off east on 48th St, sources said.

The truck had started its day picking up a load on W. 47th St. near 6th Ave, before making the stop on W. 48th St.

Four 55-gallon pails of silver and four other five-gallon containers of gold were untouched.

Police sources described the suspect as a Hispanic man wearing a black vest over a green shirt, and carrying a black messenger bag.

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