Curacao police arrest 3 in $11.5M gold bar heist

AP News
Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:50 AM

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Police in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao have arrested three suspects in connection with the recent heist of 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million.

Police spokesman Reginald Huggins said Friday that authorities would soon release more details.

One of the men arrested is the owner of a local jewelry store, while the other two suspects were arrested at the jeweler's house.

The arrests come nearly a month after gunmen pretending to be police stole 216 kilograms (476 pounds) of gold bars from a fishing boat in Curacao.

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Authorities have not said where the gold was being delivered, but one of the ship's crew members said they were delivering the gold to an unidentified company in Curacao.