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Criminals Steal Gold-silver Alloy Bars in Sonora and Flee by Plane

JP Buntinx
April 10, 2020

The current coronavirus impact on the gold and silver industry can yield some very surprising developments. In Mexico, things are getting very serious, even resulting in some unexpected violent behavior.

The Current Mining Situation in Mexico

Similar to most other countries in the world, Mexico has reduced its overall mining of precious metals. Production of both gold and silver has decreased significantly, which has an economic impact on the country as a whole. However, that impact is also forcing some people to turn to more violent behavior.

Several gold-silver alloy bars have been stolen from a mine in Sonora earlier this week. It is believed that five men stormed the site by driving a truck, and subdued staff. This happened at the same time when a jet was trying to land on the mine’s airstrip. 

The Second Heist in two Weeks

In a matter of 10 minutes, the alloy bars were transferred to the Cessna plane that landed, before the gang made their getaway. So far, the culprits have not been identified as of yet, nor is there any trace of the gold-silver alloy bars. 

Making matters worse is how no one really knows how many bars have been stolen in the process. There is a mention of an “unspecified amount of bars” being taken towards the Cessna 206. As such, the total value of this heist remains a guessing game at this time. 

Thankfully, all bars are fully insured and none of the mine’s personnel were harmed during this unexpected exchange. Authorities are in the process of checking all clandestine airstrips in the area for the Cessna 206 plane. 

Unfortunately, it does not appear that this is a stand-alone incident either. In the past two weeks, another mine in Mexico had suffered from a very similar incident. During that previous heist, two trucks of Grupo Sesnillo PLC were intercepted in the Sonora region.

One similarity between both incidents is how there is no indication as to how many bars have been stolen exactly. It is pertinent to find out that information and make it public knowledge as soon as possible. Given the way both heists were pulled off, it may be one and the same group of criminals striking once again. 

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