WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – The FBI and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said an estimated $4 million worth of gold that was headed to Massachusetts was reported stolen during an armed robbery on Interstate 95 over the weekend.
At around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Wilson County deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery on northbound I-95 near mile marker 114.
Authorities said two armed security guards working for TransValue Inc. of Miami were transporting gold and silver from Miami to Massachusetts when they began to have mechanical problems.
The sheriff’s office said when the security guards pulled over they were approached by three armed men in a white-colored van. The robbers ordered the victims to get down on the ground.
The robbers then tied the security guards’ hands behind their back backs and made them walk into the woods, authorities said.
Authorities said the robbers took several barrels of gold worth an estimated $4 million and fled the scene.
TransValue, on its website, says it has 14 armored yellow trucks that it uses to transport valuables.
Transvalue chief executive officer Jay Rodriguez said the gold bars going to Attleboro, Massachusetts, a town south of Boston known for its large number of jewelry outlets.
The truck left Miami around 4 a.m. Sunday.
The armed robbery remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118.
The largest theft in North Carolina history came in 1997, when $17 million in cash was stolen from the Loomis Fargo vault in Charlotte. David Scott Ghantt, 28, was later arrested in Mexico, and others were convicted of being involved in the theft.
But gold robberies of this magnitude are rare. The largest gold robbery in Florida, for example, was the $2.8 million stolen in 2012.