Last updateTue, 22 May 2018 10pm

Thief in NYC gold bucket heist tells of escape to Ecuador


It was broad daylight in midtown Manhattan when Julio Nivelo spied the prime opportunity of his decades-long career in crime – the Super Bowl, as he called it, of get-rich-quick heists. A large black pail sat in the back of an armored truck, unmonitored, as oblivious New Yorkers hurried past, its two guards momentarily separated.

He doubled back and watched as one of the guards walked away from the back of the truck. Wearing his lucky Rag & Bone sneakers – his “golden shoes” – he snuck softly onto the metal lift off the back of the truck, heaved the nearly 100-pound pail into his arms and waddled away.

It wasn’t until hours later, back in his bedroom in New Jersey, that Nivelo realized the sheer fortune he’d stolen: more than $1.6 million in gold.

Read all the details and watch the video at https://www.nbcnewyork.com/investigations/NYC-Gold-Bucket-Heist-Armored-Truck-1-Million-Dollars-Fugitive-Thief-Speaks-472147013.html