You almost have to hand it to Julio Nivelo, the man who saw an unattended Loomis armored truck parked on a Manhattan street with its back left invitingly open and calmly helped himself, walking off with approx. $1.6 million in gold flakes!

The September 29 heist took place in broad daylight on West 48th and video surveillance not only showed the actual moment when the brazen thief hefted the 86-pound aluminum bucket full of gold flakes, but tracked him on his slow-walk “getaway” as New Yorkers displayed their famous “cool” failing to notice anything unusual as the man, described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds and between 50 and 60 years old, carried the 86-pounds of gold – half his weight – down busy sidewalks and streets.

But Julio Nivelo is no ordinary guy who seized the opportunity to get rich quick, he is an Ecuadorian native with multiple aliases, seven arrests and four deportations on the record.

Authorities believe Nivelo headed to Orlando, Florida before fleeing to the west coast – with or without his haul.

Det. Martin Pastor of the NYPD’s Major Case Squad says they believe Nivelo is a professional thief and may have had an accomplice waiting in a car to make the getaway.

Pastor said Nivelo had been deported from the United States in 1994, 2001, 2005 and 2008, but did not elaborate on the offenses the Ecuadoran immigrant had committed or how Nivelo happened to be back in the U.S. and free to commit such bold and brazen criminal acts on the streets of New York.

Loomis US, formerly Wells Fargo Armored Services, has offered a $100,000 reward for the return of the gold flakes.

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