The FBI says it has arrested a man it says was involved in a highway robbery in which three men stole nearly $5 million in gold bars from a truck in Wilson last year.
Adalberto Perez, 46, of Opa Locka, Fla., was arrested early Wednesday and was expected to appear in a federal courtroom in Miami. The FBI did not say what role it thinks Perez played in the robbery or what charges he faces.
Authorities say three men robbed two guards transporting $5 million in gold while they were stopped on the side of Interstate 95 last March 1. The two guards worked for TransValue Inc. in Miami and were transporting silver and gold from Florida to Massachusetts when the robbery took place.
The two guards had guns but left them in the truck when they pulled over on I-95 because they said they smelled a strong odor of fuel, Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said last March.
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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, the Wilson County sheriff’s office said last year. 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.
No one was hurt.
The FBI recovered one of the stolen bars, worth nearly $500,000, in South Florida a month after the robbery. Investigators are still seeking additional information about the robbery and are offering a $25,000 reward.