POLICE in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole a 38kg bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armoured truck in Manhattan.
The unidentified thief swiped the 20 litre metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on September 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck’s cab to reportedly retrieve his mobile phone.
The incident occurred in broad daylight on West 48th Street in Midtown Manhattan.
Security video shows the black bucket on a pallet inside the open back door of the truck.
The man looks around, approaches the truck and lifts the bucket out.
Two men are standing on the sidewalk beside the truck, engaged in animated conversation, and don’t appear to notice the man with the bucket walking past them.