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911 call: Bound security guards found walking on I-95 after being robbed of gold

Posted March 3, 2015

— Two security guards who say they were robbed of an estimated $4 million in gold were found walking in the middle of Interstate 95 Sunday night with their hands tied behind their backs, a motorist reported to 911.

"It looks like they have some sort of guard uniform on. They've got their hands zip-tied behind their backs," a caller told 911 in one of three calls released Tuesday. "They were out in the road trying to flag people down to call the police."

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office says the guards, traveling from Miami to Massachusetts, reported that they pulled over near mile marker 114 near Wilson after mechanical problems with their tractor-trailer.

Three men in a white van approached them, ordered them to the ground, tied their hands and forced them into some nearby woods before taking off with three barrels of gold, authorities said.

"Apparently these guys were hauling high-value stuff – gold and silver and stuff," the 911 caller said. "And these guys robbed them and took stuff from the truck."

Two other 911 callers described a similar scene.

Sheriff's investigators have declined to comment further on the case but have asked that anyone with information to call the sheriff's office at 252-237-2118.

The guards work for Miami-based TransValue Inc., which according to its website transports valuables between financial institutions.

Owner Jesus Rodriguez said Monday that the company is cooperating with the investigation and is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.


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  • Erik Bisson Mar 4, 2015
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    It would be unlikely that the criminals could do anything with their heist considering it would be VERY hard to turn gold bars into cash. Gold bars are usually stamped and also usually go from one institution to another and not to a group of people. Sooner or later these criminals will crack under pressure because something of this significance won't easily be hidden from them. There is a lot of speculation I'm sure, I just hope they have cameras in the vehicle transporting those bars so they'll be something for the authorities to go off from. No one walks away from a heist of this magnitude and not leave clues.

  • Susan Fields Mar 4, 2015
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    Either it is a inside job or a very lucky crime of circumstance. I know this sounds bad but a tiny part of me hopes they get away with it. I guess I like to dream what would I do with all that money. :)

  • Mike C Mar 4, 2015
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    I have to agree with Christopher Rose on this one.

    It will be very interesting to see what the outcome of the investigation is on this one.

  • Christopher Rose Mar 3, 2015
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    This screams inside job.

  • Montel Burnette Mar 3, 2015
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    Don't understand why there wouldn't have been a multiple vehicle armed convoy with transporting millions of dollars worth of gold. Sounds fishy

  • Mannin Black Mar 3, 2015
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    We are missing the time frame. How long has the truck been broke down before the van showed up? Minutes? Hours?

  • Robert Smith Mar 3, 2015
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    What am I missing here?

  • David Davis Mar 3, 2015
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    This sounds like an inside job to me. JS