Police video released Tuesday shows a man brazenly swipe an 86-pound bucket of gold worth $1.6 million from the back of an unattended armored truck in Midtown before scampering away, NYPD officials said.
Then one guard leaves to make a pickup, and the other guard heads to the front seat to grab his cellphone. Those 20 seconds were long enough for the thief to strike.
He goes to grab the 86-pound bucket and makes a run for it, though he clearly has difficulty maneuvering it.
Police said the man’s entire trip, usually considered to be about a 10-minute walk, took an hour.The man is believed to be hiding out in Florida.