$11.5 million gold heist: Guyana gold bars stolen from fishing boat in Curacao (Video)

By on Dec 2, 2012 in South America, World Comments
$11.5 million gold heist in Curacao

$11.5 million gold heist in Summer Bliss vessel
Image Credit: AP Photo/Karen Attiah

About $11.5 million worth of gold from Guyana was taken during a heist in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao on Friday, November 30, 2012.

Authorities said that 70 pieces of gold bars, weighs about 216 kilograms (476 pounds), from Guyana were stolen from a fishing boat by at least six gunmen who pretended to be members of the Curacao Police.

According to Reggie Huggins, spokesman of the Curacao Police, authorities were able to get the license plate number of one of three cars used. Huggins explained that “There is information coming in.” He added that authorities “are getting reactions from the public, but we still have to sort it out.”

As of posting, Police authorities are conducting an investigation of the heist. They interviewed the captain and three crew members of the ship who contacted Curacao officials to inform them of the gold shipment.

$11.5 million gold heist in Summer Bliss fishing vessel.
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Guyana Environment Minister Robert Persaud has ordered an investigation to verify if the stolen gold came from a mining firm. The official explained that if the gold was mined in Guyana, it would be a clear case of smuggling since there was no record that the Summer Bliss ship is transporting gold. Persaud said that “We don’t want to jump the gun and say that the gold is from Guyana.” He added “That is what we first have to establish, as well as if the ship many any other stops anywhere else.”

Reports say that gold rich Guyana produces about 650,000 ounces of gold a year and sold in neighboring countries that include Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname.

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