WATCH: 'Lucky thief' walks off with £1.2 million of gold flakes from back of security van
Detectives believe the crook had no idea what he would find inside the anonymous-looking bucket in New York.
But having made off with the sealed and unmarked container, he would have discovered a haul of gold flakes worth $1.6 million.
The villain’s lucky day came when the armoured van’s two guards left it alone for just 20 seconds, parked in Manhattan’s Diamond District.
He struck late afternoon when West 48th Street was packed with tourists and shoppers visiting the district’s upmarket jewellery stores.
With his ill-gotten load weighing 86 pounds, the thief took an hour to struggle... read more
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