(CNN) An air cargo container carrying more than $15 million in gold and other valuables disappeared from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Monday, and police are still trying to find out who is behind the high-value theft.
Stephen Duvestein of Peel Regional Police told a news conference Thursday at the airport that the plane was unloaded and the cargo was taken to a holding facility early Monday night “as per normal procedures.”
He then said, “This high-value container was illegally removed from the detention facility.”
The police did not say whether the security cameras caught the theft, the airline that transported the container, or who owned the container.
“What I can tell you is that the container contained high-value cargo, which contained gold but was not limited to gold and contained other items of monetary value,” Duefstein said. He estimated the value of the contents at about $15 million (20 million Canadian dollars). dollar).
Police did not speculate as to whether this was an “occupational” job, saying it was too early in the investigation.
“We’re three days in, so our detectives are opening their eyes to all avenues. So we don’t want to mess up and kind of focus on a specific area, we kind of keep an overview of that, so we’re looking at all angles for how that item could be stolen,” Duifstein said.
The container is described as 5 or 6 square feet.
“I would like to note that this is an isolated incident. This is extremely rare,” Duefstein said, adding that the investigation is not expected to disrupt any operations at the airport, which He claims to be The busiest in Canada.
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