Flight from India lands man in police net over Canada’s biggest gold heist

An Indian-origin man was arrested in Canada in the biggest gold heist in the country’s history after he flew in from India. The arrest of the 36-year-old Indian-origin man comes almost a month after nine individuals were arrested in the sensational gold and cash heist from Toronto Pearson International Airport in April 2023.

The stolen cargo, originating from Zurich, Switzerland, consisted of 6,600 bars of pure gold, weighing 400 kilogrammes and valued at over $20 million and CAD 2.5 million in foreign currency.

The container was stolen from a secure storage facility using fake paperwork, said Peel Police.

On Monday, May 6, 2024, investigators arrested and charged Archit Grover at Pearson International Airport as he flew in from India. He has been charged with theft over $5000 and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, stated the Peel Police.

Grover was held for a bail hearing and attended the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton. He is also being indicted in the United States for firearm-related charges.

The police had issued a Canada-wide warrant for Grover’s arrest earlier.

Canada-wide warrants are still issued for Simran Preet Panesar, a 31-year-old man from Brampton, a former Air Canada employee, who was employed at the time of the theft and Arsalan Chaudhary, a 42-year-old man of no fixed address.

“On April 17, 2023, at 3:56 pm a flight landed at Pearson International Airport from Zurich, Switzerland, with a cargo containing 6600 bars of .9999% pure gold, weighing 400 kilograms, valued at over $20 million and CAD 2.5 million worth in foreign currency. Shortly after landing, it was offloaded and transported to a separate location on airport property,” Peel Regional Police reported.

“This story is a sensational one and one which, probably, we jokingly say, belongs in a Netflix series,” said Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah. The police officer was referring to a sensational gold and cash heist, touted to be the biggest in Canada’s history. Indian-origin people have been arrested in the case.

The consignment went missing. And why this is Netflix worthy is because the entire consignment was robbed from the secure Air Canada cargo facility within the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The theft was reported to the Canadian Police on April 18, 2023, following the cargo’s arrival in Zurich, Switzerland.

Published By:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published On:

May 13, 2024

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