New York thief grabs a pot of gold off an armoured truck, and walks away with it
US police are searching for a green-clad man who swiped a 39kg pail of gold flakes off an armoured truck in New York two months ago and disappeared with the estimated US$1.6 million (NZ$2.26m) in treasure.
The city's police department has released photos and video of the suspect, who was lingering near the truck on the afternoon of September 29 and took advantage of a moment of distraction by its security guards to snatch the 19 litre bucket.
The 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.
Lots of other pedestrians and vehicles stream past as he heads down the sidewalk with one arm wrapped around the bucket and his other hand beneath it.
At one point, he sets it down at the curb, takes a breather for a few seconds, then hoists it again and steps into the street.
Police say it took the thief an hour to complete what would normally be considered a 10-minute walk. He then hopped into a white van and fled.
The theft happened on a busy stretch of 48th Street in the borough of Manhattan, near the Rockefeller Center office and shopping complex, police said.
Police, who said they believe the man has since fled to Florida.