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£12m Gold Stolen From Airport In Biggest International Heist In Years

Thieves stole CA $20 million (£12 million) worth of gold from a cargo terminal in a massive gold heist at Toronto’s main international airport. Inspector Stephen Duivesteyn confirmed that a container of gold arrived by plane at Pearson Airport on Monday afternoon 17 April before being transported to a detention centre.

However, shortly after the aircraft was unloaded, the container was “illegally removed” and reported missing. He didn’t reveal where the gold came from.

The operation marks the biggest gold theft since July 2019, when $30 million (£24 million) was stolen from an airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Investigators are struggling to find out exactly how the gold was stolen and who is responsible.

Inspector Duivesteyn explained that such an operation would have required very elaborate planning. The Ottawa Sun reported that the gold may have been shipped on behalf of a major bank from a mine in northern Ontario, while The Toronto Sun claimed organized criminal gangs are suspected of being behind the theft.

Duivesteyn stressed that the public shouldn’t worry about the airport flying in and out, as they consider it an isolated case and not a public safety issue.


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