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$4M in gold reported stolen during robbery along I-95

Posted March 2, 2015

— The FBI and Wilson County authorities are investigating the theft of an estimated $4 million worth of gold reportedly stolen during an armed robbery along Interstate 95 near Wilson Sunday evening, the sheriff's office says.

Two armed security guards told authorities that they were traveling from Miami to Massachusetts with a shipment of silver and gold when they pulled over at mile marker 114 after mechanical problems with their truck.

The sheriff's office says the guards reported that three armed men in a white van approached them, ordered them to the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and forced them to walk into some nearby woods.

Investigators, who responded to the scene shortly before 7 p.m., said the men then reportedly took three barrels of gold and left while the guards were in the woods.

It was unclear what form the gold was in, and the sheriff's office declined a request for an interview Monday morning.

But at gold's current value of about $40,000 per 1-kilogram bar, that could mean as many as 100 bars, or about 220 pounds.

A spokeswoman for the FBI said agents are looking to figure out if a federal crime occurred.

The guards are employed by TransValue Inc., which according to its website, is a Miami-based company that transports valuables between financial institutions.

Owner Jesus Rodriguez said he was unable to comment about the matter but confirmed the guards were driving a tractor-trailer. Neither was injured, he said.

The company is cooperating with authorities and is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

Investigators ask that anyone with information to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118.


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  • Keith Hayes Mar 2, 2015
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    Wow, y'all got it all solved, I guess the FBI and WCSO can just stay home and let you people have at it..

  • Judy Fergerson Mar 2, 2015
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    I agree with you people - looks like a inside job under a beautiful clear sky - preplanned all the way.

  • Peter Panda Mar 2, 2015
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    wow-- it's like the wild west and stage coach robbies

  • AshLeigh Marie Mar 2, 2015
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    Inside job. It's hard to believe that thieves would get that lucky.

  • Sharon Davis Mar 2, 2015
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    you are good! i did not notice that. definitely an outside job.

  • Bob Bruck Mar 2, 2015
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    Inside Job. Mechanical difficulty - right.

  • Clovis Sangrail Mar 2, 2015
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    "but confirmed the guards were driving a tractor-trailer"Interesting. I calculate it at just over 200 lbs of gold which would not require a tractor trailer. Maybe there is silver mixed in but still seems like a tractor trailer was way over kill.

  • Doug Hanthorn Mar 2, 2015
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    This was clearly an outside job. Look at the picture people. You can see the sky! I think the Monster Raving Looney Party did it to finance their evil plan to take over the world. Oi!

  • Yolanda Clay Mar 2, 2015
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    My first thought was inside job.

  • Sharon Davis Mar 2, 2015
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    i guess your speculation is a valid as anyone else's.