I’ve got George Clooney and Brad Pitt playing two of the leads on my Bingo Card for what I bet will be a made-for-Netflix-movie built on this true life script. This story has just blown up with the amount of heisted $$$ the investigators are now spit-balling as stolen.
LA Times Headline: Mystery shrouds colossal Brink’s heist at I-5 truck stop: Who stole millions in gems, gold?
BY RICHARD WINTON | STAFF WRITER
JULY 22, 2022 7:58 AM PT
When experts recall the most notorious jewelry heist in modern history, they talk about the tunneling into Hatton Garden in London or the Antwerp, Belgium, break-in that took months of planning.
Then there is the case of the heist earlier this month at the Flying J truck stop along Interstate 5 in the Grapevine.
In the early hours of July 11, two armed guards left their Brink’s big rig, giving a gang of thieves a 27-minute window to make the huge snatch, its total value still a mystery. Estimates range from $10 million to $100 million.
As James Brown would grunt into the mic on many of his classics when playing live on stage at the Richmond Mosque back in the 60s and early 70s, “Good God, Unnhhhh!”
Yeah, Papa would need a very large new bag for this haul:
The gang of thieves was able to quickly bypass the truck’s trailer locking mechanism, enter its vast back and unload a series of storage containers filled with jewelry, diamonds other precious gems, and a plethora of Rolexes and other designer watches, Mileski said. The investigator said he wouldn’t describe the locking mechanism but acknowledged it would not be exceedingly difficult to crack. Outward signs of the riches inside were not obvious. But Mileski said the guards driving such trucks are openly carrying firearms and that could alert someone watching trucks.
Arnold Duke, president of the International Gem and Jewelry Show whose exhibitors displayed the items in San Mateo and were moving them to Pasadena, said the truck contained many 70- to 100-pound plastic containers filled with jewelry, gems and watches.
“We are looking at more than $100 million in documented losses,” he said. “This was an absolutely huge crime. One of the largest jewelry heists ever. We are talking gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and loads of luxury watches.”