Saturday, December 1, 2012
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Police in Curacao said Saturday that they have several leads following a brazen heist in which gunmen pretending to be police stole 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million from a fishing boat.
Authorities have the license plate number of one of three cars used in Friday’s getaway, and they have been asking for the public’s help in tracking the suspects, police spokesman Reggie Huggins told The Associated Press.
“There is information coming in,” he said. “We are getting reactions from the public, but we still have to sort it out.” Police have said that at least six men were involved, but no one has been arrested in a case that surprised authorities in the Dutch Caribbean island.
Huggins said police are still interviewing the ship’s captain and three crew members, which contacted officials in Curacao about the incoming gold shipment as part of regular security protocol.
The gold bars weigh about 476 pounds.