The FBI in Miami, Fla., has recovered a gold bar stolen in a highway robbery in Wilson County early last month, according to a press release by the FBI.
The 26-pound gold bar is said to be worth up to between 475,000 and $500,000 and was found in South Florida.
“This confirms that there is a South Florida nexus to this crime,” said Justin E. Fleck, Supervisory Special Agent of the squad leading the investigation.
Police are still searching for the robbers.
Last month, three men reportedly robbed two guards transporting $5 million in gold while they were stopped on the side of the road.
The two guards worked for TransValue Inc. in Miami and were transporting silver and gold from Miami to Massachusetts when the robbery took place. The two men had guns, but left them in the truck when they pulled over on Interstate 95 because they said they smelled a strong odor of fuel, Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said last month.
The guards said three gunmen approached, spoke in Spanish and yelled “policia,” ordering them to get down on the ground and tying their wrists with zip ties and duct tape, according to the sheriff’s office. The gunmen then marched them into a nearby stand of woods, returned to the truck, broke a lock on the doors and transferred several small barrels filled with about 275 pounds of gold into a white minivan and drove off.
The FBI Charlotte office and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office are both leading parallel investigations. A spokeswoman for the FBI Charlotte office, Shelley Lynch, said she could not confirm the report that one of the gold bars had been found.
The FBI is offering an award of $25,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the robbers.