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Three arrested over Brazil airport gold theft

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By Agence France-Presse

Brazilian police said Monday that three people have been arrested over the brazen theft of an estimated $30 million worth of gold from Sao Paulo’s international airport last week.

Police inspect the vehicles that were left by suspects involved in heist carried out at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport, in the Jardim Pantanal neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Authorities at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport say eight armed men raided a terminal and escaped with some 750 kilos (750,000 grams) of precious metals. The airport operator said that the thieves bypassed security systems by using two cars that looked like police vehicles. (Paulo Lopes/Futura Press via AP)

Police inspect the vehicles that were left by suspects involved in heist carried out at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos international airport, in the Jardim Pantanal neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2019.(Paulo Lopes/Futura Press via AP)

Armed men impersonating federal police entered a warehouse at the airport on Friday afternoon, making off with more than 700 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of the precious metal. No shots were fired.

One of those detained worked at the airport and claimed he had cooperated with the robbers after his family was kidnapped, local media reported.

The gold, which had been en route to New York and Zurich, is still missing.

 

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