This airport cargo thief in Canada stole IDR 221 billion in gold. PHOTO/Reuters
TORONTO – Police on You have currently investigating theft it’s not nearly $14.8 million and other “high value” items at Toronto’s Pearson airport. This is one of the largest theft cases ever occurred in Canada.
On Thursday (20/4/2023) evening, the Peel Regional Police said gold and other items were stolen on Monday after the containers were unloaded from the plane.
“A plane arrived here at the airport in the afternoon. As per normal procedures, the aircraft was disassembled and cargo was transported from the aircraft to a cargo storage facility,” inspector Stephen Duivesteyn said in announcing the theft.
“What I can say is that containers (have) high-value shipments. It does contain gold, but it is not exclusive to gold and contains other items of monetary value,” Duivesteyn continued, as quoted by The Guardian.
Investigators from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also looking into the theft, which is one of the largest in Canadian history. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority, citing an “active police investigation”, declined to comment on the theft.
Gold mines from northern Ontario frequently ship gold bullion through the city’s airport, which handles nearly half of the country’s air cargo.
Duivesteyn said he wouldn’t call it a “professional” job. “The investigation is ongoing and the incident is isolated,” he continued.
Police did not identify the intended destination of the stolen cargo, nor did they confirm that the gold was still in the country. “It’s very rare,” said Duivesteyn.