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Thieves in police jackets steal $11.5M worth of gold bars

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Hum    6,929

Masked men in jackets emblazoned with the word "police" boarded a fishing boat Friday in Curacao and stole 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million, officials in the southern Caribbean island said.

The boat's captain was struck in the head in the early-morning assault before the thieves made off with the gold in three cars, police spokesman Reggie Huggins said. Authorities believe there were at least six men involved in the heist. No suspects were in custody.

Huggins declined to say who owned the approximately 216 kilograms of gold but he said it was a legal shipment that was being trans-shipped through Curacao and officials in the island had been advised in advance that it was coming as part of normal security protocols. He declined to disclose the eventual destination of the metal.

"Authorities knew of the shipment because the official procedure was followed," the spokesman said.

Huggins said that guards to the port area let the assailants inside a restricted area in the mistaken belief that they were customs officials. The men's jackets had the word "police" in English but in Curacao the word would be written in Papiamento, one of the island's three official languages, as "polis." During the robbery, crew members said they wore hoods and masks and made off with the gold in a matter of minutes.

"The crew said it was like a movie operation, very fast," Huggins said.

The captain and three crew members were from the South American country of Guyana, he said.

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xendrome    4,360

Inside job.

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Rippleman    2,672

Inside job.

absolutely, no lives were taken either, extremely well planned out, as soon as a life is lost, then it seems to become an extreme deal. these guys wanted it to be as quiet as possible with the least amount of waves (pun intended)

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Hum    6,929

Maybe someone hired robbers, and gave them inside information.

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TAZMINATOR    11,900

Maybe someone hired robbers, and gave them inside information.

And you hired the wrong people and they didn't come back to share the gold with you. They ran off to a different island to get away from you.

:-P

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Growled    3,880

absolutely, no lives were taken either, extremely well planned out, as soon as a life is lost, then it seems to become an extreme deal. these guys wanted it to be as quiet as possible with the least amount of waves (pun intended)

I agree. I bet these guys are off on some exotic island somewhere enjoying their spoils now.

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Hum    6,929

^ You gotta sell the gold first. :p

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Xilo    834

^ You gotta sell the gold first. :p

Not that hard to melt gold down to get rid of any markings and sell it in smaller/bigger bars.

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