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NYPD identifies the man responsible for robbing $1.6 million in gold flakes off of armored truck

December 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD identifies the man responsible for robbing $1.6 million in gold flakes off of  armored truck

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Authorities have finally identified the swift thief who boldly took a bucket of gold flakes, which was worth almost $1.6 million, from an armored truck in midtown Manhattan,

The NYPD revealed that Julio Nivelo is the culprit who purportedly robbed the 86-pound bucket of gold flakes off of the truck on West 48th Street back in September.

NYPD Detective Martin Pastor said Nivelo, of New Jersey, is a previous felon, who is known as Luis Toledo to the NYPD, among other identities. He is reportedly a reputed thief who has been apprehended seven times and deported four times back to his home country of Ecuador.

Currently, the NYPD Major Case Squad are tracking Nivelo’s every move: Pastor says Nivelo bolted to Orlando, Florida, before going to California, where he is believed to be hiding in the Los Angeles area with the stolen gold.

A reward of over $100,000 is being offered for any information leading to his arrest.

Surveillance footage from the robbery shows Nivelo hanging around the truck before one guard leaves to make a pickup, and the other guard walks to the front of the vehicle to get his phone.

Those 20 seconds were just long enough for the criminal to take the 86-pound bucket and flee, despite the fact that he clearly has problems maneuvering it.

“I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off,” Pastor told NBC News 4 New York , New York when the news first broke.

The video shows the thief putting down the large container, putting it over his shoulder, then stopping to take a break. He takes another few steps and stops again. The normally 10-minute walk ultimately took an hour before he gets into a van at 49th Street and Third Avenue.

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