MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man will spend more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in the heist of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along a remote North Carolina interstate.
A Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Monday on 46-year-old Adalberto Perez, who could have gotten a 40-year prison term. Co-conspirator Roberto Cabrera previously got almost 20 years behind bars.
The FBI says Perez, Cabrera and a third unidentified person used a GPS device in March 2015 to track the gold-laden tractor-trailer heading from Miami to Massachusetts. Investigators say pepper spray was released by remote control to sicken the truck’s occupants before the robbery along Interstate 95 in Wilson County, North Carolina.
About 275 pounds of gold bars and some silver were stolen. Most remain missing.