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3 now arrested in Brazil airport gold heist

July 29, 2019
Police inspect the vehicles that were left by suspects involved in heist carried out at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport, in the Jardim Pantanal neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Authorities at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport say eight armed men raided a terminal and escaped with some 750 kilos (750,000 grams) of precious metals. The airport operator said that the thieves bypassed security systems by using two cars that looked like police vehicles. (Paulo Lopes/Futura Press via AP)
Police inspect the vehicles that were left by suspects involved in heist carried out at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport, in the Jardim Pantanal neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Authorities at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport say eight armed men raided a terminal and escaped with some 750 kilos (750,000 grams) of precious metals. The airport operator said that the thieves bypassed security systems by using two cars that looked like police vehicles. (Paulo Lopes/Futura Press via AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say they’ve now arrested three people suspected of involvement in a daring theft of more than $30 million worth of gold from an airport, including an airport cargo supervisor who initially claimed he’d been kidnapped by the bandits.

He’s one of two airport workers arrested. A third man detained Monday is accused of helping arrange transport of the 1,583 pounds (718 kilograms) of gold stolen from Rio de Janeiro’s main airport on Thursday.

So far, authorities haven’t tracked down the stolen gold.

The airport cargo director initially told police he and his family had been kidnapped and held hostage to force him to cooperate. A police official says he’s now believed to be involved. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to speak.

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