Thief Nabs $1.6 Million Bucket Of Gold Left On Back Of Truck: Cops

"As I would say, this leprechaun grabbed a pot of gold," a police detective said of the brazen theft.

11/30/2016 03:50 pm ET

New York City police are on the hunt for a quick-thinking thief who stole a bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million from an armored truck.

The man walked up to the unattended vehicle, which was parked in Manhattan, and snatched the 5-gallon aluminum pail from the back of the truck, surveillance video from Sept. 29 released by police this week shows.

The man’s next seen hobbling away with the heavy black bucket, which police said in a release weighed 86 pounds. At one point he takes a break and rests the loot on the ground.

New York City police say this man (left) stole a bucket of gold (right) that's worth $1.6 million from the back of an armored truck on Sept. 29.

It was just an opportunist. I don’t think anything cheap could be in an armored truck. He would grab anything,” Detective Martin Pastor of the NYPD’s Major Case Squad told The New York Daily News. “As I would say, this leprechaun grabbed a pot of gold.”

Police believe the suspect is currently in or around Orlando, Florida, authorities told NBC New York.

The suspect, who's believed to have fled to Central Florida, is described as Hispanic and in his 50s or 60s.

Police described the man as Hispanic, 5-foot-6 tall, weighing 150-pounds and about 50 to 60 years of age. He was wearing a black vest, green shirt, blue jeans and carrying a black messenger bag at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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