A vehicle equipped with armor was stolen from a California rest stop, stealing valuable jewels and jewelry worth $150 million.
The thieves carried out the heist at the Flying J truck stop, 75 miles north of Los Angeles.
Authorities claim that the guards from Brink’s left their truck unattended. The guards returned to the truck and discovered that the vehicle was broken into and that all the gems had disappeared.
Arnold Duke, President of the International Gem and Jewelry Show says that the treasure consisted of rubies, emeralds and sapphires. “thousands of diamonds”Stones ranging in carat from 1-15 Carat. It was transported by Brink’s to Pasadena.
“It’s just staggering, the amount of merchandise these thieves got away with,”Duke said.
The haul was apparently insured for just $10 million, but Duke says the real value is much higher — somewhere in the range of $100 million to $150 million.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was stolen. “Brink’s tractor trailer” — much larger than the typical armored trucks most people are used to seeing.
“This wasn’t any kind of a smash and grab. This took time. I would guess about 30 minutes with a half a dozen guys. There was approximately 20 large footlockers. It takes two strong people to pick one up,”Duke said.
Lou Palumbo, security expert and expert in security, believes that the heist may have been an inside job.
“It’s very possible that this was the byproduct of leaked information from within the Brink’s organization,” Palumbo said.