Police are searching for three suspects who robbed two security guards at gunpoint and stole $4 million worth in gold and silver on March 1, the Associated Press reports.
Wilson County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies were called to Interstate 95 after two security guards who worked for Transvalue Inc. in Miami said they were robbed at gunpoint.
The security guards told investigators they were on their way to Massachusetts to deliver a shipment of gold and silver. They came across some mechanical issues and pulled over along the northbound lanes of I-95.
That’s when a white van stopped nearby and three armed men approached them.
The guards said they were told to get down on the ground and had their hands tied behind their backs. The armed robbers then marched them into the nearby woods.
The suspects proceeded to unload several barrels of gold and silver from the truck. The estimated value of the items stolen, including 275 pounds of gold bars, was $4.8 million, ABC News reports. The robbers left the guards in the woods and fled the scene.
Spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Charlotte field office Shelley Lynch said agents are working with the local sheriff to determine whether a federal crime has been committed.
Authorities in Wilson County said the case is still under investigation.