Canadian police investigate $15 million gold theft at Toronto airport

Police in Canada announced Thursday that they are investigating the theft of more than $15 million in gold and other “high-value” goods at the Toronto airport.

The gold and other valuables arrived Monday night in a container that was offloaded from a plane and securely stored at the cargo facility, Stephen Duivesteyn, Peel regional police inspector, told a news conference.

The shipment was reported missing shortly thereafter.

Duivesteyn said the “high-value container was illegally removed from the facility,” but would not comment on details of the theft or who might be behind it.

“Our investigators have their eyes open to all possibilities,” the official said. “We are assessing from all angles how it was stolen.”

The Toronto Sun reported that – according to anonymous sources – the thieves made off with 3,600 pounds of gold and that authorities are investigating organized crime groups in the region.

“It’s quite unusual,” Duivesteyn said, describing the theft as an isolated incident with no impact on travelers.

The officer added that it was too early to determine whether it was a professional robbery or a crime of opportunity.

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