Armed robbers on the run after stealing £2 million of gold in French motorway heist before locking guards in their armoured van 

  • Gang of four thieves targeted security truck on major road near the city of Lyon
  • They stole £2m in gold then locked guard in the van and torched abandoned car
  • Guards were rescued by police as fire threatened to engulf the Loomis vehicle

Armed robbers stole £2million in gold from an armoured van before locking the guards inside and torching their abandoned car, it has emerged.

A manhunt is underway after the gang of four thieves targeted the security truck on a major road near the city of Lyon.

Police rescued two drivers from the Loomis truck thanks to a tip-off from a witness as fire threatened to spread to the vehicle.

A manhunt is underway after the gang of four thieves targeted the security truck on a major road near the town of Dardilly, near Lyon

Police rescued two drivers from the Loomis truck thanks to a tip-off from a witness as fire threatened to spread to the vehicle

Four robbers used two cars to block the van at a motorway exit leading to an industrial estate north of Lyon, sources said. 

After grabbing the gold and loading it into their getaway car, they locked the two security guards in the back of their van. Before making off, they set fire to their abandoned vehicle.

The fire gutted the car and spread to nearby vehicles but police arrived on the scene before it engulfed the van, freeing the two guards who escaped unharmed, the investigators said.

Patrol cars and a helicopter are searching the surrounding area, a national gendarmerie spokesman said.

The robbery took place on the A6 highway near Dardilly.

Four robbers used two cars to block the van at a motorway exit leading to an industrial estate north of Lyon, sources said

After grabbing the gold and loading it into their getaway car, they locked the two security guards in the back of their van

The fire gutted the car and spread to nearby vehicles but police arrived on the scene before it engulfed the van, freeing the two guards who escaped unharmed, the investigators said

Calling such attacks extremely rare, the spokesman said they stole dozens of kilograms of gold. 

According to reports, 70 kg of gold was seized with a value of about £2million.

It comes just weeks after two Qatari women were robbed in a 5 million euro heist on a Paris motorway.

The two victims, in their 60s, were being driven from Le Bourget airport in a Bentley when they were targeted in a lay-by on the A1, north east of the capital.

Robbers then attacked the driver and two terrified tourists with pepper spray before forcing open the boot of the luxury vehicle.

 In March 2015, a group of around 15 robbers held up two vans carrying jewellery worth around nine million euros at a toll booth on the A6, near the central city of Auxerre.


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