Gold truck robber receives 17-year sentence
From staff and wire reports
MIAMI One of three men accused of stealing $4.8 million in gold from a truck along Interstate 95 in Wilson County has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
A federal judge sentenced Roberto Cabrera on Friday. He had faced up to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty in April to robbery, firearms possession and other charges.
The FBI says Cabrera, Adalberto Perez and an unidentified third person used a GPS device in March 2015 to track the gold-laden tractor-trailer heading from Miami to Massachusetts. Investigators say pepper spray was released by remote control to sicken the driver and a passenger before the I-95 heist.
The thieves made off with 275 pounds of gold bars.
Perez pleaded guilty to robbery and firearms charges last month but hasn t been sentenced.
The shipment of gold bars aboard a TransValue Inc. truck was hijacked in Wilson County by three reportedly armed men on its way from Republic Metals near Miami to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, according to court documents.
The TransValue tractor-trailer departed Miami Sunday, March 1, 2015, and was scheduled to arrive in Massachusetts the next day, officials said.
Around 6:30 p.m. March 1, while traveling along I-95 in Wilson County, TransValue employees pulled the tractor-trailer over on the side of the interstate.
After stopping, the truck and its occupants were reportedly accosted by two of the armed men who announced themselves as Policia and placed traffic cones near the truck. The men, who gave instructions in Spanish, tied up the truck s occupants and led them into the woods before making entry into the trailer and stealing roughly $4.8 million in gold bars.
The robbers reportedly left in a white van. The federal documents said it appeared they had prior knowledge of the location of the buckets of gold in the tractor-trailer. Two of the reported victims said the hijackers took smaller packages containing silver, too.
According to the driver and passenger of the TransValue vehicle, the suspects knew where the gold was and ignored a number of other 50-gallon drums containing silver.