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Man steals pot of gold worth $1.6m from New York armoured truck

Police in New York are hunting for man who grabbed a bucket of gold he spotted on the back of an armoured truck in the city's Diamond District.

The man managed to swipe the bucket full of gold flakes within a 20 second window.

It is thought one of two guards was busy making a pickup while the other was at the front of the Loomis truck using his mobile phone.

“I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off,” New York Police Department Detective Martin Pastor, who is overseeing the investigation, told WNBC.

Surveillance footage viewable above was released by the NYPD and shows the robbery from several angles.

Police said it is unlikely he knew what the pot contained.

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