Earlier this week while the city of Toronto was focused on the Maple Leafs hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning the following day, a heist was afoot at the airport.
A cargo container that held over $15 million in gold and valuables was stolen from the Toronto Pearson International Airport in a heist so brazen the scale of which hasn’t been seen since the Lufthansa Heist.
As of Friday morning, no arrests have been made.
The Toronto airport heist was announced in a press conference where Peel Regional Police Inspector Stephen Duivesteyn explained to the media what happened. He told reporters that an air cargo container was transferred to a holding facility, part of normal procedure.
The ongoing investigation now seeks to determine everything that happened after that.
According to NBC News, Inspector Stephen Duivesteyn told the press that the air cargo container was removed by “illegal means” which they will now seek to determine.
The value of the items within totaled over $20 million Canadian dollars, or $14.8 million USD. Inspector Duivesteyn said, “It did contain gold, but was not exclusive to gold and contained other items of monetary value.”
This is one of the largest heists in Canadian history.
The most recent massive heist in Canada came to be known as the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist. In that heist, close to 3,000 tonnes of Canadian maple syrup totaling C$18.7 million was stolen from a storage facility in Quebec. When adjusted for inflation, that became the most valuable heist in Canadian history and it happed just over 10 years ago.
Miraculously the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist hasn’t been made into a movie yet. It was featured in an episode of Dirty Money on Netflix but nobody in Hollywood has turned it into a feature film yet.
With this money money in good/valuables being stolen from the Toronto airport, it’s all bur certain there will be suspects in the coming days.