It took less than three minutes for eight armed men to make off with $30 million worth of gold bars from Sao Paulo’s international airport — possibly the second-largest heist in Brazil’s history.

Criminals disguised as federal police officers drove to the Guarulhos airport on Thursday afternoon in an SUV and flatbed truck, both fashioned to look official, according to the airport’s press office.  Security camera footage shows them wearing balaclavas and giving orders to cargo terminal employees, one of whom used a forklift to load the precious cargo onto the truck’s bed.

The gold was bound for Zurich and New York, the airport’s press office said in an email, without disclosing its provenance. Sao Paulo’s civil police, which is in charge of the investigation, said the men took 1,587 pounds in bars valued at $30 million.  

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