Last Monday, a gold theft worth more than 20 million Canadian dollars ($14.8 million) at Pearson International Airport in Toronto is being investigated by the Canadian police.
According to the police, the gold pieces and valuables were flown to the airport on Monday evening and stored in a logistics warehouse. It was later noticed that they had disappeared. Regional Police Inspector Stephen Duifstein informed reporters that a container was stolen after it had been taken off a plane at a cargo facility.
He explained that someone stole the container holding valuable pieces from inside the storage site using illegal methods.
The police did not provide information on the theft technique, possible suspects, or any arrests.
The police inspector clarified that the investigators are examining all possibilities and categorizing the incident as an isolated and uncommon occurrence that did not impact air traffic.
According to The Toronto Sun, the theft involved a quantity of gold exceeding 1.6 tons.
Canadian gold is frequently stored at Pearson Airport before being exported, and this airport handles almost 50% of air freight in the country.
This particular theft is among the biggest thefts ever recorded in Canada. For context, in 2011 and 2012, thieves stole 9,600 barrels of maple syrup worth between $15 and $20 million from a warehouse near Quebec, which is now known as the Maple Syrup Theft.