NEW YORK CITY, NY (The New York Post) – Police have identified the man they say hit the jackpot after snatching a bucket of gold flakes from the back of an armored truck in Midtown Manhattan this past September.
Julio Nivelo, 53, allegedly grabbed the pot o’ gold, worth an estimated $1.6 million, while the truck was parked on West 48th Street on Sept. 29, cops said.
The heist occurred around 4:30 p.m., while guards were making a pickup and left the vehicle unattended, according to officials.
Authorities say the crook probably had no idea of the bucket’s contents when he swiped it.
Nivelo, who has at least five different aliases, had been living in New Jersey. He has reportedly been deported to Ecuador on four separate occasions since 1994 for similar thefts, sources said.
Law enforcement originally suspected the lucky charms bandit was hiding out in Florida, but now say it’s likely that he’s in Los Angeles.