Curacao police arrest 7 in $11m gold heist

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POLICE on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao have arrested seven suspects in connection with the recent heist of 70 gold bars worth an estimated $US11.5 million ($A11.13 million).

Police spokesman Reginald Huggins said on Friday that one of the men was from Bonaire, three were from Venezuela and the remainder from Curacao. One of the suspects was later released while the others were still being interrogated, Huggins said.

One of the men arrested was the owner of a local jewellery store, while at least two other suspects were arrested at the jeweller’s house.

The arrests occurred on Thursday and come nearly a month after gunmen pretending to be police stole 216 kilograms of gold bars from a fishing boat in Curacao.

Authorities have not said where the gold was being delivered, but one of the ship’s crew members said they were delivering the gold to an unidentified company in Curacao.

For the original report go to http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/curacao-police-arrest-7-in-11m-gold-heist/story-e6freoo6-1226544928630

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