— -- Two passing motorists on I-95 called 911 to report seeing a pair of guards walking in the woods off the interstate with their hands tied after an alleged gold robbery in North Carolina, according to recordings of the calls released today.
Three armed suspects had allegedly robbed a tractor-trailer that was carrying $4.8 million worth of gold and bound the armed guards, who had been driving vehicle on Sunday.
The 911 calls were released this morning by Wilson County emergency communications officials.
"There's a couple guys that look like they've got their hands just tied behind their backs ... trying to wave people down and call the police," the first caller says.
The caller, whose name has not been released, can be heard shouting to the guard, though the guard's responses are unintelligible. However, the 911 caller relays the guard's answers.
The guard tells the man that he and the other guard had weapons but that the suspects took them when they took the gold.
A second caller mentions seeing the guards but not communicating with them.
The guards, who have not been identified, worked for a Florida-based security company called TransValue Inc. and were transporting gold and silver from Miami to Attleboro, Massachusetts.
TransValue Inc. has issued a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or recovery of the stolen property.