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Big Gold Theft from Armored Truck in France

  • Associated Press

French police officers investigate on the highway where thieves rob an armored truck loaded with gold, Dec. 12, 2016 in Dardilly, near Lyon, central France.

French police say a manhunt is underway for four thieves who have stolen dozens of kilograms of gold from an armored truck before setting it ablaze on a major highway.

A national gendarme service spokesman says that police have rescued the two drivers from the flaming truck thanks to a tipoff from a witness.

Police vehicles and a helicopter are searching the surrounding area, the spokesman said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to give details about an ongoing investigation. The robbery occurred on the A6 highway near the town of Dardilly.

Calling such attacks extremely rare, the spokesman said they stole dozens of kilograms of gold. With gold selling for more than $37,000 a kilogram, the value of the theft could top $1 million.

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