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Florida man arrested in heist of $4.8M in gold bars from truck on I-95

Posted March 2

Investigators said gold bars that look like the one pictured here were stolen from armed guards who stopped on Interstate 95 near Wilson on March 1, 2015.

— The FBI has arrested a South Florida man in the 2015 heist of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along Interstate 95 near Wilson.

Miami FBI spokesman Mike Leverock says 46-year-old Adalberto Perez was taken into custody Wednesday at his home in Opa-Locka, Fla. Details about the charges and Perez's alleged role in the robbery were expected to be released later.

Court records didn't list an attorney for him.

The truck shipment of 275 pounds of gold bars was intercepted in March 2015 by three armed thieves as it travled along I-95 near mile marker 144.

The armed men approached the guards driving the truck, placed traffic cones near the truck, restrained the driver and passenger and led them into some nearby woods before taking off with 275 pounds of gold bars in a white van.

Several motorists called 911 after seeing the uniformed men running into the highway with their hands bound, motioning for help.

A Miami man previously pleaded guilty to extortion by attempting to sell one gold bar.

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  • Jim Hinnant Mar 2, 2016
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    Inside job...all the way.

  • Russ Bullock Mar 2, 2016
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    Dumb crook news. I can't believe they didn't immediately melt the bars into new ingots.

  • Nathaniel Hopkins Mar 2, 2016
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    I wonder if he will let me play him in the movie