West News Wire: Gold and other high-value items worth approximately $14.77 million (20 million Canadian dollars) were taken from a holding cargo facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport, according to authorities.
Following its removal from a plane that had landed at the airport on Monday evening, a “high-value container” was taken from a holding cargo facility, according to Peel Regional Police.
According to police, the heist was “very rare” and the things vanished in a matter of hours.
“Outside of our major security line, thieves entered the open side of a warehouse that is rented to a third party. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority stated that this did not include access to Toronto Pearson and did not represent a hazard to travelers or employees.
Police said there is an ongoing investigation into the heist and they do not know where the gold is or if it is still in Canada, according to Inspector Stephen Duivesteyn. Police believe this is an isolated incident.
Authorities said there was not anything unusual about the handling of the shipment until it disappeared.
“Our goal is to solve this theft,” Duivesteyn said at a press conference, according to Canadian outlet CTV. “We want to solve it. For the public worried about flying out, there should be no concern. We do not consider this a public safety matter.”