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Nine people are facing charges over the largest theft of gold in Canada’s history, which occurred more than 12 months ago at an international airport in Toronto. | Source: Toronto Star
Nine people are facing charges over the largest theft of gold in Canada’s history, which occurred more than 12 months ago at an international airport in Toronto. | Source: Toronto Star

One year later: Arrests made over Canadian gold robbery

Nine people are facing charges over the largest theft of gold in Canada’s history, which occurred more than 12 months ago at an international airport in Toronto.

Authorities confirmed that 6,600 gold bars worth more than $CAN20 million ($AUD22.66 million) and $CAN2.5 million ($AUD28.32 million) in foreign currencies were stolen.

The gold was melted down and used to purchase illegal firearms.

Nishan Duraiappah, Chief of Police with the Peel Regional Police
Nishan Duraiappah, Chief of Police with the Peel Regional Police
"This story is a sensational one and which probably, we jokingly say, belongs in a Netflix series."
Nishan Duraiappah, Peel Regional Police

Among those charged are an Air Canada warehouse employee and a former Air Canada manager who gave investigators a tour of the facility at Pearson International Airport after the theft.

A jewellery store owner has also been charged.

Authorities have asserted that a truck driver arrived at the cargo warehouse with a fraudulent bill provided to an airline warehouse attendant. A bill for seafood collected the day before was used to pick up the gold.

"This story is a sensational one and which probably, we jokingly say, belongs in a Netflix series," Peel regional police chief Nishan Duraiappah told The Guardian.

Five suspects were arrested in Canada and released on bail pending trial. One suspect from Ontario was arrested in Pennsylvania.

Warrants have been issued for the remaining three suspects.

 

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