Cop Frauds and Millions of Dollars of Gold


Alora Foote, Contributor

On Thursday, July 25, multiple armed men dressed as policemen entered one of not only Brazil’s busiest and most packed airport, but all of South America’s too, and managed to make off with millions of dollars worth of precious materials.

“According to a police report, the thieves made off with about 1,650 pounds of gold and other precious metals worth $40 million” (Fox News). The day before the men arrived at the airport to follow through with their plan, the fake cops kidnapped two hostages. One hostage, who was held captive for 12 hours, was questioned and investigated for answers about the airport staff, shifts, and locations of exits likely before releasing the senior airport official. He was held captive for the thieves because he contained valuable information they wished to excavate. Four children, who were the official’s children, may have been captured to either retrieve information or use as blackmail against the senior airport official. Although the conditions of the hostages were not revealed, it is confirmed no one was harmed during the heist.

Thursday, a black truck with the police markings of the country Brazil was seen outside the Guarulhos airport. Four men, armed with at least a rifle or some other form of firearm, left the vehicle and were witnessed walking into to the building. The four men confronted and ordered the airport employees and security cameras show the entourage and workers going around the back and loading unknown cargo into their vehicle. This cargo was, in fact, $40 million worth of precious metals. “Armed police impersonators stole more than 1,600 pounds of precious metals, valued at $40 million, from Brazil’s San Paulo airport,” (Daily Caller). The two hostages were taken along with the gold, though no one else was harmed. What happened to the gold and other precious metals is unknown as of now nor whom they were stolen for, however, they were originally destined for New York and Zurich, Switzerland. The vehicles involved in the heist, which were outfitted with fraudulent police stickers and markings, were found in a neighborhood not 12 miles from the crime scene. These cars provided no further information or clues as to who the men were in the airport or who they have ties with. Where the men went after abandoning the vehicles is also unknown in the early stages of the investigation. The police forces still have a large base of suspects as top who these men were. “The airport is operated by GRU Airport, a consortium that includes Invepar, Airports Company South Africa, and state airport operator Infraero” (MSN).

Some reports suggested that there was not only the four suspects, but instead eight. However, only four men, with their faces covered, left the vehicle, ordered the employees, and took the two hostages. Police are actively looking for the stolen gold and the other stolen metals, however, they have had little luck. Their only clue is that they were put on ships to the U.S. and Switzerland in ports in New York and Zurich. The suspect list also remains at large, with no further leads as to who can be removed from the growing list.