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WATCH: Man steals bucket full of gold flakes worth $1.6M from armored truck in Manhattan

The 86-pound pail was in the back of a truck parked in a Midtown Manhattan street.

The NYPD is searching for a man who made off with an aluminum pail that contained gold flakes worth $1.6 million in Midtown Manhattan in September.

In video footage released by the department on Tuesday, the man is seen walking near the rear of an armored truck on Sept. 29, whose backdoor was open and appeared unguarded. It was parked outside 48 W. 48th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

A moment later, he can be seen walking up to the truck, then leaning in and lifting the 86-pound bucket containing gold flakes that have been valued at $1.6 million.

He then quickly walks off, carrying the 5-gallon pail with both hands. Later footage shows him walking briskly down the sidewalk and even putting the bucket down at one point to rest.


Police described the suspect as between 50 and 60 years old. He was last seen carrying a black messenger bag while wearing a black vest, green shirt and blue jeans.

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