Cameras capture man stealing pot of gold off New York street

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He's going in.

Photo by NYPD screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The streets of Manhattan are paved with gold.

This is likely to increase, given our president-elect's penchant for everything glittery.

I wonder, though, whether a man who was standing on West 48th Street on the afternoon of September 29 knew that a parked truck was his metaphorical end of the rainbow.

Still, various surveillance cameras captured his thieving and his subsequent journey.

The footage, released on Twitter by the New York Police Department, as law enforcement agencies frequently do when they are looking for leads, shows a security guard leaving the back of the truck open for what seems like just a few seconds.

In that time, the man walks up to it, grabs a bucket and begins to make his escape. The bucket is quite heavy and the man struggles to carry it. Perhaps he doesn't work out much.

At one point, indeed, he puts it down on the sidewalk so that he can rest.

The bucket was full of gold flakes -- 86 pounds to be precise, which have a market value of roughly $1.6 million.

It's unclear whose flakes they were or where they were being transported, though this area is New York's jewelry district, so there's plenty of gold floating about.

The NYPD didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. However, Det. Martin Pastor told NBC New York: "I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off."

Taking opportunities is what New York is all about. Oddly, it seems it took a while for the security guards to realize the pot of gold had gone.

CBS New York reports that the driver had sat on another bucket in the back of the truck and only realized that the bucket on which he normally put his feet was gone.

The police suspect the man has disappeared to Florida. They describe him as male, Hispanic and between 50 and 60 years old.

They say he took an hour to carry the gold on a walk that would have normally taken 10 minutes. The cameras, sadly, lost him after that.

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