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One of the largest heists in Canada’s history is the cause of a lawsuit filed against Air Canada.

A security company based in the United States is claiming that the airline was reckless and didn’t do everything they could to prevent the theft of gold bars and cash worth almost R276 million.

The goods were stolen shortly after it arrived on an Air Canada flight from Zurich to Toronto on 14 April.

The lawsuit, filed by Brink’s International in the Federal Court of Canada, claims security weren’t what it should’ve been.

“No security protocols or features were in place to monitor, restrict or otherwise regulate the unidentified individual’s access to the facilities.”

Only 42 minutes after the goods were unloaded from the plane, an unidentified person entered a warehouse on the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s premises at around 18:30.

According to the lawsuit, the person was able to enter the warehouse by showing an airway bill for an unrelated shipment to an Air Canada employee. The airline went ahead and released the shipment to the individual who left with everything.

Brink’s argue that the theft could’ve been prevented if security was better and now want Air Canada to pay for the damages.

The case is still unsolved.

Image credit: NOW Toronto

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