CRIME

Sheriff: Gold heist from armored truck suspicious; guards not currently considered suspects

  • This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)

    This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)

    This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

A North Carolina sheriff says there were suspicions that the heist of millions in gold from an armored truck was an inside job.

Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard acknowledged during a news conference Wednesday that those suspicions were noted in a search warrant.

Asked to elaborate, Woodard said that the warrant was written in a hurry before the victims, who spoke little English, could be thoroughly interviewed in Spanish.

Woodard says the men were currently considered victims and not suspects, but all possibilities are being investigated.

Woodard said the men stopped for gas in Dillon, South Carolina, near the North Carolina line. When they were driving through North Carolina, the passenger in the truck started to feel sick and said he smelled gas.

However, after deputies arrived a mechanic found no problems with the truck.