NEW YORK – New York City police said that the man who they believed to be an opportunistic thief, if he managed to steal $1.6 million of gold flakes from a truck is actually a “professional burglar” has been arrested and deported several times to his native Brazil.
Det. Martin, Pastor of the NYPD Major Case Squad said the man seen in a video surveillance in September, is reportedly Julio Nivelo, a 53-year-old career crook, who has used several aliases, including Luis Toledo and David Vargas, among others.
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Photos released on Julio Nivelo, who is the New York city police said the alleged thief of the 83-pound bok of gold flakes.
“Now that we know who he is, he is well organized,” Pastor said, according to the NY Daily News. “He is, I would say, a professional thief, a professional thief.”
Nivelo was allegedly captured by surveillance cameras in to play on a 20-second window left open by the armored truck guards, who was making a pick-up, while the other walked to the chair in front of me. He is seen taking the 83 kilo bucket of gold flakes and hiking about a half mile to a waiting car on 49th street, near Third Ave.
The police said Nivelo fled to the Orlando, Florida after the Sept. 29 theft before finally landing in California. They believe that he is hiding in the Los Angeles area with the stolen wealth.
Nivelo is deported from the U.S. to his homeland of Ecuador in 1994, 2001, 2005 and 2008, the Pastor said, that is not to mention what other crimes he committed.
Armored car company Loomis is reportedly offering $100,000 for the safe return of the gold.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.