Armed gang steals 20 boxes of gold ore and electronics in Manzanillo

A group of armed robbers made off with 20 containers of gold and silver ore, TVs and electronics early in June from a container storage yard in Manzanillo, Mexico, according to authorities in Colima.

According to local media a group of between nine and 15 “well-armed” criminals entered a privately-operated container storage yard on Calle Algodones, which is adjacent to the highway connecting the port to Jalipas.

The team reportedly detained and gagged the guards, before spending eight to 10 hours finding and removing 20 shipping containers of precious metal ore and electronics. They used forklifts to hoist the containers onto chassis, before towing them away as articulated trucks, according to Mexican outlet Milenio.

Mexico’s military took over management of the port complex’s security last year, and though it has taken some criticism from merchants’ associations over the theft, it does not oversee the district where the crime occurred.