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Cops believe it’s an ‘insider job’ after armed robbers get away with at least $40 million of gold and precious metals in Sao Paulo airport heist

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Armed robbers steal at least $40 million of gold and precious metals from South America’s busiest airport on Thursday 
Eight robbers men targeted a cargo terminal at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport
The armed, masked men arrived driving two trucks that resembled those driven by Brazilian federal police
They left the airport with approximately 1,653 pounds of gold and other metals due for shipment to Zurich and New York in the heist
Although the robers took a pair of employees hostage, they were released unharmed – no shots were fired, no one injured
Authorities believe the thieves may have had access to internal information about airport operations
Brazilian gold heist 1The robbers disguised the trucks  in the heist at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport to look like vehicles used by brazilian Federal Police. One of the trucks [photo], is towed away
A group of armed men stole a haul of gold and other precious metals worth at least $30 million from a Brazilian airport Thursday, according to Brazilian state news agency Agencia Brasil.

Eight armed gunman in federal police cars entered one of Brazil’s busiest airports Thursday and made off with $40 million worth of gold and precious metals, taking two hostages with them during the heist.
One local police commander said the gang had been “prepared for war” and arrived at banks in armoured cars and with rifles and body armour.


Four suspects were captured on surveillance tape entering the Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos in a black pickup truck that appeared to have the markings of Brazil’s federal police, Reuters reported.

The men targeted a cargo terminal  driving two trucks that resembled those driven by Brazilian federal police, the agency said.
Sao Paulo International Airport.jpgSao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos is the busiest airport in South America
Brazilian gold heist 3The thieves targeted the cargo terminal at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport and intercepted a large shipment Thursday. Mission accomplished, the getaway cars were found abandoned in a yard [photo]
Brazilian gold heist 4Police forensics team examine the truck left behind by the robbers 
At the terminal, four men exited the truck wearing face coverings, at least one was seen carrying a rifle. They took two airport workers including the airport’s logistics supervisor, hostage.
The suspects reportedly kidnapped a senior airport official Wednesday and held him for 12 hours to gain information about the valuable cargo which was set to ship to New York and Zurich.


According to Agencia Brasil, the hostages were released unharmed.
The gunmen left the airport with approximately 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) of gold and other metals due for shipment to Zurich and New York. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery, the state news agency said.
According to Brazil’s Federal Highway Police, the thieves may have had access to internal information about airport operations.

In April this year, armed robbers stole a large cash haul from Albania’s Tirana International Airport, seizing money destined for Vienna from an Austrian Airlines plane. One of the gunmen was shot to death during a police chase, while a further four were arrested.
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