Mysteries abound in Brink’s truck stop gems and gold heist

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…

How much the thieves netted during the 2 a.m. snatch is hotly debated. Brink’s said it was less than $10 million based on the insurance. A federal law enforcement source and some associated with the International Gem and Jewelry Show world said the total appears to be closer to $100 million…

The crime didn’t match the usual definition of a heist because it did not involve a robbery so much as stealth burglary

FBI agents and sheriff’s major crimes investigators have scoured the Flying J truck stop off the 5 for clues…The Flying J Travel Center is open 24 hours a day on Frazier Mountain Park Road and includes a Dunkin’ Donuts Express and a Wendy’s with space for 47 trucks. Truck-stop cargo thefts, according to insurance industry underwriters, are relatively common. But data on U.S. truck-stop cargo thefts between 2012 and 2018 showed only one theft in Lebec.

Hope the coffee break was tasty. I wouldn’t lay blame on the drivers/guards. Long haul trucking is tough enough. Rest, refreshment stops are just about mandatory. Wonder if Brink’s see it that way.