Armed robbers steal at least $30 million of gold and precious metals in Sao Paulo airport heist

Armed robbers steal at least $30 million of gold and precious metals in Sao Paulo airport heist
A fake police truck that was used in robbery is transported on a flat-bed truck in 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 of gold. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Gunmen in Brazil have stolen 750kg (1,650lbs) of gold estimated to be worth at least $30m (£24m).

A group of armed men stole a haul of gold and other precious metals worth at least $30 million from a Brazilian airport Thursday, according to Brazilian state news agency Agencia Brasil.

Eight men targeted a cargo terminal at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, driving two trucks that resembled those driven by Brazilian federal police, the agency said. At the terminal, four men exited the truck wearing face coverings, Reuters reported, saying that at least one carried a rifle.

The armed men took two airport workers hostage, Reuters said. One was the airport’s logistics supervisor, according to Agencia Brasil, which said the hostages were released unharmed.

The gunmen left the airport with approximately 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) of gold and other metals due for shipment to Zurich and New York. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery, the state news agency said.

According to Brazil’s Federal Highway Police, the thieves may have had access to internal information about airport operations.

In April this year, armed robbers stole a large cash haul from Albania’s Tirana International Airport, seizing money destined for Vienna from an Austrian Airlines plane. One of the gunmen was shot to death during a police chase, while a further four were arrested.