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Mass.-bound tractor trailer robbed of $4.8 million in gold and silver

OTHER NEWS: TV heist mom in court; Walsh's shovel fine hike; Hovercraft ice rescue

Mass.-bound gold heist in No. Carolina could be 11th largest in history.

Reuters


I-95 Heist: Mass.-bound truck robbed of $4.8M in silver & gold in No. Carolina

A tractor trailer carrying 275 pounds of gold from Miami to Massachusetts was robbed in North Carolina after engine trouble forced the armed guards to pull over on I-95, officials said.

Soon after, the guards from TransValue, Inc. say, three armed men drove up in a white van, ordered them to the ground, tied their hands, and took the gold, valued at $4.8 million.

Before leaving the scene Sunday night, the thieves marched the men into a thicket of dense brush and trees, the guards reported.

"This is very rare," Jesus Rodriguez Jr., an official with TransValue, told The Times in Wilson County, N.C.

The FBI may now get involved, the newspaper said.

"We have been notified and are coordinating with our law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal crime has been committed," said Shelley Lynch, public affairs specialist of the FBI Charlotte Division.

Anyone with info should contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 237-2118.


There’s gold in that snow: Mayor Walsh wants shovel fines hiked to $1,500

The Boston City Council on Wednesday will take up a plan by Mayor Marty Walsh to dramatically boost failure-to-shovel fines from the current $300 max to a whopping $1,500.

At least one councilor is open to the idea.District 6’s Matt O’Malley, who represents West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain tells Tuesday’s Boston Globe: “At first glance, I think it makes sense. ..Most businesses and residents did a good job, but there are certainly many who didn’t.”

Mayoral spokeswoman Melina Schuler told the Globe that the city has issued more than 4,000 in recent weeks related to snow and ice removal.

Witnesses describe autistic boy’s fall from mom’s SUV in Wal-mart TV heist

The frightened 5-year-old autistic son of accused Wal-mart TV heist mom Lisa Degerolamo was “screaming his lungs out” when he came “flying out the door” of the getaway SUV, Falmouth police reports say.

The kid was crying but then stood up and started running after the vehicle.

“My husband ran after the child, who was heading for the main road,” a witness said, the Boston Herald reported.

The boy’s 29-year-old mother, accompanied by 29-year-old Daniel McLaughlin, 29, both of Yarmouth circled back “several minutes later” to get the kid, the cop reports said.

The pair are due back in court Monday and are being held on $2,500 bail for reckless endangerment of a child, larceny and possession of a child without a seat belt, the Herald reports.

The stolen flat-screen was worth $700.

Hovercraft used to rescue woman and dog after fall through ice

A Carver, Mass. woman and her Lab fell through ice covering a cranberry bog -- and were saved by rescue workers using a hovercraft, officials said Tuesday.

The victim, waist deep in the bog’s chilly waters, managed to call 911 from her mobile phone.

Cops and about 20 firefighters responded.The woman -- and her dog -- are okay.


 

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