Air Canada Sued Over Brazen Gold Heist at YYZ

Canada’s largest airline. A brazen USD $20 million gold heist at the country’s biggest airport. And, now, a lawsuit from a large U.S. security company.

A dramatic whodunit is playing out in a Canadian federal court.

Multiple reports say U.S.-based security company Brink’s International last week launched a lawsuit against Air Canada over the unsolved theft of USD $20 million at YYZ in APR, arguing a suspect accessed the airport’s cargo facilities by using a fraudulent document.

The company alleges Air Canada employees failed to properly examine and authenticate the document shared by an “unidentified individual” during the planned heist at the Toronto airport on 17APR, City News reports.

“At approximately [6:32 p.m.], an unidentified individual gained access to [Air Canada’s] cargo storage facilities. No security protocols or features were in place to monitor, restrict or otherwise regulate the unidentified individual’s access to the facilities,” the lawsuit states.

According to Bloomberg, Brink’s is alleging that Air Canada failed to mark a shipment containing banknotes and 400 kilos of gold bars as “valuable cargo” while it was being held at Pearson.

Reuters reports that Brink's was hired by a Swiss bank and a precious metals refining company to move the cash and gold from Zurich to Toronto.

Forbes.com quotes Brink’s officials as saying that the shipment has not been recovered and there have not been any arrests in connection with the heist.

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