WILSON, N.C. (WTVD) —
Search warrants obtained by ABC11 show that detectives suspected an inside job in the robbery of $4.8 million worth of gold from a truck along I-95 Sunday.
It was originally reported that guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami said they pulled off to the side of the interstate about 6:30 p.m. after their vehicle began having mechanical problems.
However, the warrants made public Wednesday show a passenger in the truck said he was feeling sick and requested the truck pull over so he could vomit.
At a news conference Wednesday, Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. said the guards had just filled up the truck with fuel, and reported a strong gasoline smell that made them feel ill.
When the truck stopped, three men pulled up in a white van and robbed the guards of five 5-gallon buckets filled with 275 pounds of gold bars.
The warrants show detectives were suspicious because of the robbery immediately at the time of the unannounced stop, the fact that the truck was unmarked, and the suspects knew to go immediately to the trailer to get the unmarked buckets. — Courtesy of ABC11 Eyewitness News Raleigh, NC
I didn’t know that much about the story until I read it, and I had already surmised it was likely an inside job. How many people would know and expect a truck to pull off on the side of the road and be equipped to rob it of over $4 million in gold? That stuff doesn’t even happen in the movies without some inside knowledge. With all the truck traffic going up and down I-95, who knows what’s inside those trucks?
I’m glad that I’m not a detective assigned to that case as I would have likely started off with the thought of it being an inside job. There are many questions, obvious questions, which point primarily to at least one insider with knowledge to be able to pull this off.
- Who rolls off with that much in gold and leaves eyewitnesses behind?
- How does anyone know gold is being carried in an unmarked truck, 18-wheeler at that given the vast numbers of trucks on the road?
- Who would know exactly what packages to go for to get the gold without prior knowledge?
If I were one of the employees, I’d be working with an attorney to get a deal with some kind of immunity to roll over on the rest of them. Somebody’s going to tell all, and it’s going to be the first one that makes a deal or the first one with a deal they can’t refuse.
I’ll give them credit though as they’ve probably given someone a blockbuster movie in the making, or at least a good TV movie of the week.