NEW YORK CITY: Brazen Thief Seen On Video Walking Away With Bucket Of Gold Flakes Worth $1.6M [VIDEO]

Apparently the NYPD finally released the video today because they can’t find the guy. CBS News reports:

The search continues for a suspect who police said was seen on surveillance video stealing a bucket of gold flakes off an armored truck in Midtown Manhattan. It happened around 4:30 p.m. back on Sept. 29 as the armored truck was parked on West 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Police said the man is seen on surveillance video scoping out the truck, that had its back door open. He then grabs an 86-pound, unmarked and sealed black metal bucket containing $1.6 million-worth of gold flakes, police said.

He lugged the bucket up the street, heading east on West 438th Street toward Third Avenue, making his way through the crowds of people who didn’t notice him carrying the five-gallon pail, police said.

At one point, the heavy weight of the bucket catches up with him as he’s seen stopping, putting it down and eventually picking it back up again. He then gets into a white Ford sedan. Police said the man’s entire trip, usually considered to be about a 10-minute walk, took an hour.

Hey, we know of a certain midtown penthouse that can always use a shitload of gold flakes.

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Lazycrockett
    • Oikos

      I remember the worst hangover of my life from that in the early 90s.

      • ZhyKitty

        Me too, with copious amounts of vomiting….and that was the last time I ever drank it. Worst hangover, ever!

        • Oikos

          I’ve never had it again either. πŸ™‚ Hope all is well with you, Zhykitty.

          • ZhyKitty

            Yeah, nothing could ever have made me drink that again after vomiting it up like that and then the hangover that followed. It’s been over 20 years since that happened and I still wouldn’t go there.

            We;re good here, thanks! Hope you are all doing well as well!

    • zhera

      Waitwaitwait people actually drink and eat gold flakes?

      • perversatile

        According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, gold reduces/eliminates the inflammatory pain caused by arthritis.

    • greenmanTN

      Hey, if you want sparkle poop that’s up to you.


    • perversatile

      For the sheer novelty, I took a bottle of Goldschlager when I was visiting family in Holland and they were literally offended by it .

  • Sam_Handwich

    huh? an unattended armored truck with the doors left open? inside job?

    • Joe in PA
      • Robincho

        I dunno. Maybe trousering a shit tonne of gold flakes just happened to be on this guy’s bucket list…

    • james1200
      • Lawerence Collins

        Donnie tiny hands couldn’t be the culprit.

      • Steverino

        A gold flake if ever I saw one.

        • Vedadmccarthy

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj75d:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash75DirectServerGetPay$97Hour β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…::::::!mj75d:….,…..

          • SFHarry

            Hey Veda, wasn’t that you I saw pulled over by the cops for smoking crack in your new Land Rover? You better save some of that money for a good lawyer.

      • JCF

        Who’s this w/ the normal size hands?

    • Todd20036

      Brazen incompetence or complete corruption…
      Tough call!

    • Steverino

      Enroute to Trump tower.

      • teeveedub

        Is there a single square inch of tRump’s abode that isn’t already encrusted with gold leaf?

        • Miji

          I’ve been there. Much of what you see is brass and I think paint. I once read an article describing the front doors of his penthouse as being gilt and jewel encrusted and was just left wondering if the writer had never been there and was lied to or if they were just saying that to suck up.

  • Joe in PA

    So, Person of Interest is for real?

    • ScottSinEC

      Right??? LOL

      • Joe in PA

        πŸ™‚ I was JUST talking about how much I liked that show…and that it ENDED. πŸ™ Sad!

        • JTC

          And I thought I was the only one here who was a fan of the show. My favorite thing was the (dysfunctional) relationship between Root, Shaw and Fusco as well as the snark coming from all the main characters.

  • ScottSinEC

    I’m astounded by the brazenness of this guy, but I can’t believe Loomis employees left the truck open and unguarded like that!

  • Joe in PA

    So, the Donald ran out of gold leaf?

  • TheManicMechanic

    The guy is planning for the future when the US dollar becomes worthless under Drumpf. Can’t blame him.

  • Lazycrockett

    Hmmm JMG main page not loading for anyone else? never mind.

  • bkmn

    Putin’s hacker besties must be targeting a DOS attack on JMG. Hang in there Joe!

  • zhera

    Wow. Loomis sure must be thrilled. Guarding the truck? Naaaaah.

  • Oikos

    Another of dump’s cabinet appointees bringing tribute to dump?

  • Nic Peterson

    Oh Noes! The truly fabulous of Gotham might have to have their Toro topped with Beluga without the shave of 24K gold leaf.


  • Rick

    Oh look, LOOMIS got a whole bunch of free publicity…

    • Todd20036

      1) It wasn’t free
      2) It’s publicity that won’t help sales.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Incredible timing. At the very moment he hoists the bucket, everyone is looking in the other direction. There may have been a commotion if anyone had seen him do it.

    • TuuxKabin

      Nobody’s business but Loomis and his. I’d look away too. /s

  • i admire the chutzpah. there are so many reasons why this is a funny story, not the least of which would be the excuses the car company employees are going to be making about why they left a million dollars worth of gold in a place where any joe off the street could just walk right up and carry it off. slowly, even!

    i hope the guy is melting down and taking it in to pawn shops as we speak.

    • Natty Enquirer

      The shops will all have pictures of him by now. With such great video, I doubt anyone would take a chance on receiving the loot.

      • JIM W

        Take a train to New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Surely they have pawn shops that don’t keep up with New York crime.

        • yup.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Watch any TV news or open a newspaper and you will find this story because it’s so colorful. Since pawnbrokers have to keep records of every person and item that comes in, I have a feeling they will be paying attention.

      • TJay229

        GOLD is untraceable.

        At $1173.00 a ounce he has very little work to do, the most of which is balling it up, and taking it to a smelter, easy

      • Earl

        Crime happened two months ago, didn’t it?

        That gold’s long gone.

  • TuuxKabin

    This threads going to be like a Wednesday matinee. Thanks Joe! Some entertainment at last! The dude lifting carrying that may have a rotator cuff problem after that.

  • Max_1

    I was afraid someone run away with buckets of Joe my God …

    • Lumpy Gaga

      More precious than gold.

      • JCF


  • SoCalGal20

    I shouldn’t laugh but I’m laughing.

    Btw, I’m very happy to be able to get on JMG for the moment. It hasn’t been loading. I looked at Level 3 in downdetector and there seems to be major problems with something.

    • JoeMyGod

      The hosting company is having issues with its west coast server farm.

  • HZ81

    Okay, banks drive buckets of gold flakes around? I didn’t know such a thing is a… thing.

    • Reasonoverhate

      I was thinking the same thing. Read the full story at the link and it makes sense. This was in the jewelry district. So Im assuming a delivery of raw material?

      • HZ81

        Oh, that does make more sense. Sorry about the drive-by, and thanks for filling me in.

      • Jerry

        I was thinking “WTF, are they mining gold under Manhattan now?”

      • BobSF_94117

        Raw material or the result of sweeping up?

      • ChrisMorley

        It’s much more likely to be gold scrap collected from the workshops, rather than a delivery of raw materials to the workshops, which tends to arrive as bar, sheets and rods.

        Recovery of precious metals has always been an integral part of the jewellery industry. Jewellery workers wear leather aprons to catch gold filings and their polishing mops and other process β€˜sweepings’ are rigorously reprocessed for the inevitable tiny amounts of gold and other precious metals.
        This was a huge amount of scrap gold flakes, and probably came from a business specialising in scrap recovery and processing from a multitude of workshops, which was then headed for melting down.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “It is the breakfast of Champions.”

      — Melania Trump

      • HZ81


      • Robincho

        Hey. Some people eat bran flakes, some people eat gold flakes…

    • Galvestonian

      They were shipping it to Trump in the likelihood that he was going to win the election and redecorate the White House.

  • danolgb

    This seems like something out of Batman (the Adam West version)

  • Octavio

    If a 1.6 million dollar bucket of gold can be carried away so easily down a crowded Manhattan street just imagine how easy it would be to carry a nuclear weapon about the same size. Enjoy your smokes while standing next to an armored truck while you can.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Dude! You do NOT leave he back end of an armored truck OPEN and unguarded.
    What the heck were they thinking?

    • TuuxKabin

      What the heck were THEY conspiring?

    • Earl

      I’ll bet they were thinking of profit sharing. But the runner pulled a Trump.

  • stevenj

    I used to work in a paint store years ago and dealt a lot with 5 gallon pails. They were generally in the 50-70 lb range. There were many back injuries from employees lifting them incorrectly. And this was an 86 lb pail.

    • Oh’behr

      I used to do a lot of lifting in my 20s. 85 pounds is a heavy sucker!

  • Sam_Handwich

    is this thing working?

    • PickyPecker

      If you wouldn’t play with it so much. sheesh. πŸ™‚

      • Bad Tom

        Mine’s been on Continuous Cycle ever since the erect…, uh, election.

    • Gigi

      My thing isn’t working either. Glad it’s not just me.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Sam_Handwich

      maybe a squirrel got into the flux capacitor

      • Octavio

        They do that. Damn squirrels.

      • Oikos

        I think they are out of dilithium crystals.

        • Bad Tom

          Joe should not buy his dilithium on eBay.
          You never know when the seller is gonna slip some plain lithium in there.
          It won’t work, but strangely, you won’t be sad about it.

    • Mark

      a tracert from Dallas area shows complete time outs at Level3. S-low!

  • Dot Beech

    Oy, what a mistake. What does one do with $1.6 million dollars in gold flakes? It seems no one would buy it unless the seller was well known in the industry.

    This is either a set up, or this guy is going to have one hell of a fancy bathroom.

    Why bother with an armored truck, if you’re going to leave the door open and unguarded? And wear a mask if you’re pulling a heist.

    • another_steve

      In New York City, of all fashtunkena places.

      I grew up in New York City. I know from New York City.

      In New York City, if you leave your grandma unattended for five minutes, someone will steal her.

    • Goodboy

      That’s why I carry a mask everywhere I go. You know know when opportunity will strike.

    • Earl

      If he’d worn a mask, he’d have been stopped/caught.

      Melt it and sell it openly. In another country. πŸ™‚

  • MarkBuster

    Good for him!

  • beariac

    As far as robberies go, it could’ve been a lot worse.

    • Earl

      I feel really bad that I laughed at that.

      • chrisinphx

        I don’t.

  • Jerry Kott

    Something stinks! This may turn out to be an inside job?

  • Jeffg166

    Looks like Donald Trump to me.

  • Oikos

    Accessing JMG, not accessing JMG, Accessing JMG, not accessing JMG, Accessing JMG, not accessing JMG

  • Gigi

    Why was it left unattended like that?

    • TuuxKabin

      ’cause . . .

      • Oh’behr

        Can we start saying: Blame Trump?

        I blame Trump!

        • TuuxKabin

          Why the hell not?

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      The driver walked away to take a phone call.

  • Oikos
    • JCF

      Ronald McCannibal?

  • Cuberly
  • mikeinrkfd

    How/where would you sell gold flakes?

    • Goodboy

      Melt them to start.

    • TJay229

      At any ” We Buy Gold” places,

  • Cuberly

    Well, time to get the canned air and blow that sucker out.

  • SoCalGal20

    Testing 1-2-3.

    (Glad JMG is back for now)

  • TJay229

    I love brazen acts like this, no one was injured, no blood shed… it’s like, OMIGAWD, you got away with almost 1.7million, Scott free.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      The owner might beg to differ

      • TJay229

        Insurance will cover it all.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          The person who loses his/her job also may beg to differ.

          • TJay229

            Then clearly he needs to. Not following protocol and securing precious metals and valuables would be cause for his dismissal. IF they lost their job, the fault is not on the opportunist, it’s on the slacker.

  • Earl

    I am so jelly.

    good on you, bro. Run fast, never get caught.

  • Ray MuΓ±ez

    If you are a gold thief, it sucks to have your face plastered on JMG. If that guy instead had murdered an entire African-American lesbian family, as happened in Oakland on November 11, JMG wouldn’t have mentioned him.

    • Reality.Bites

      And the anonymous asshole is blocked.

    • TJay229


      Now, in Joes defense, did you send him via, text, email or tweet a link to the story?
      He is a man, by himself and many stories readers contribute to him.

      AND as A Black man, I don’t believe Joe is prejudice at all, some of the readers are but that’s normal.

    • Silver Badger

      Get over it Ray. Joe works in mysterious ways. If he didn’t report this crime, he had his reasons.

  • abqdan

    I wonder if he knew what he was taking? Gold flakes would be pretty hard to resell… Maybe he thought it was coins or something.

    • Silver Badger

      They can be melted into gold lumps.

      • abqdan

        Yes, but it’s very hard to sell randomly melted bullion – he’d have to cast them into ingots, which have to be weighed and stamped. I guess he could sell small quantities at one of the ‘we buy gold’ places, but not a whole bucket full! LOL

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Pound them into gold leaf and sell to The Donald.

  • EdmondWherever

    Looks like Ben from Lost. If he gets to the submarine, they’ll never find him.

  • Silver Badger

    Why would an armored car have a bucket of gold flakes? Unattended? This story makes no sense.

    • Schlukitz

      My thoughts exactly. This sounds like bs.

  • OSG

    Should have stuffed them up his ass like we do up north.

  • Bad Tom

    Apparently well worth his hour!

  • Banu To You

    As we all know….after a person becomes a millionaire, some people don’t care how he/she got those millions no matter how vile the source or the total of victims. This thief, like the new, Prez and his cohorts, are beneficiaries of that standard.

  • Oh’behr

    Hmm, try Donald Trump: 212-555-1212. He’s really into gold. Sounds like something he’d be buy on the black market.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    What the hell are gold flakes? Barron Trump’s breakfast cereal?

  • mark99k

    The real story here is the unanswered question of why the hell there’s a bucket of gold flakes in a truck….

  • leastyebejudged

    That’s awesome, and untraceable.

  • JCF

    “Hey, we know of a certain midtown penthouse that can always use a shitload of gold flakes.”

    Fool’s Gold.

  • JCF

    Run, Forrest, Run!!!