Plea Hearing for Alleged Ringleader in $4.8M Gold Heist

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Posted at 6:20 AM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 02:34:31-04

MIAMI (AP) — A plea hearing is set for a Florida man who allegedly masterminded the heist of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along Interstate 95 in North Carolina.

The arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Miami federal court for 46-year-old Adalberto Perez on robbery and firearms charges in the 2015 theft.

The FBI says Perez used a GPS device to track the tractor-trailer and released pepper spray by remote control to sicken the driver and a passenger before the robbery in Wilson County, North Carolina. No one was injured.

The 275-pound load of gold was heading from Miami to Massachusetts when three armed thieves intercepted it, bound the hands of the two people in the truck and fled in a van. More arrests are expected.