2 Arrested for Stealing Gold Bars from Shipment

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  • Two men were arrested this week for allegedly stealing four gold bars from a shipment at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Marlon Moody and Brian Benson, both of Los Angeles, were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday.
  • The arrest was done after a federal grand jury indictment charged them with conspiracy and theft of interstate and foreign shipment.

A recent Fox News article published by Ann W. Schmidt states that LAX cargo handlers arrested for stealing gold from shipment.

What happened?

Federal prosecutors said Moody and Benson were employees of a private airline cargo-handling company at LAX that handled a shipment of 2,000 gold bars that arrived on a Singapore Airlines flight on April 22, 2020.

Each bar in the shipment weighs about 2 pounds and is worth $56,000, according to prosecutors.

Shipment was secured

A Canadian bank had arranged to ship the gold from Australia to New York, but it stopped for a layover in Los Angeles.

According to prosecutors, most of the shipment was “offloaded and secured,” but one box of 25 gold bars went missing.

Prosecutors’ allegation 

Prosecutors allege that Moody found that missing box the next morning and allegedly put it on a belt loader.

He then reportedly drove the vehicle to another location, where authorities allege he removed four bars from the box.

Benson arrived soon after to pick Moody up in a company van. Because other employees were in the van with them, the men reportedly texted about the gold.

Later, after they left the airport, they met in a parking lot and Moody gave Benson one of the bars, prosecutors said.

Investigation by officers

Other employees found the box with the remaining 21 gold bars on April 23, which led officials to start investigating the theft.

According to prosecutors, Moody gave one of his three gold bars to a relative on May 4 and told the person to “exchange the gold bar for a vehicle and/or money,” the indictment says. Moody allegedly buried the other two bars in his backyard.

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