Italian Police Find €4.5 Million In Gold In Family's Car On Easter

Category: Society / Apr 04, 2013 3:40PM EDT
One Italian family thought they had the golden egg on Easter, but their holiday was cut short after Italian police confiscated 12 gold bars hidden in the floor of their car near the Swiss-Italian border. Italy’s finance and border police released a video that shows the seizure of 110 kilograms of gold found on Sunday March 31 hidden in a family’s car. According to a police press release, the family was stopped during a routine customs and cross-border currency movement check near the Swiss-border, they then came across a family consisting of a 53 year old man who is a Swiss resident of Italian origin, his wife, and their three kids. They appeared to be on a normal Easter outing, but they were carrying an expensive secret. Police grew suspicious of the nervous family and conducted a thorough search of the vehicle, where they discovered 12 gold bars, worth $4.5 million euros, hidden under a storage compartment. The gold bars were wrapped in newspaper and had no stamps indicating their origin or the degree of their purity. The gold was then taken by police, who are now investigating the origin and the destination of the loot. The man, who could not explain why the gold was in his possession or where they were going, has been charged for money laundering. Video Source: Reuters