Anna Golubova Tuesday April 18, 2017 22:10
Tank restorers Nick Mead and Todd Chamberlain stumbled on a very rich discovery in the form of five gold bars worth $1.4 million dollars while opening up a diesel fuel tank. And the whole thing was caught on video.
Mead acquired a Russian T54/69 tank on eBay for $38,500. To get it, Mead traded an Army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun.
The pair caught the unbelievable discovery on camera, while filming the opening of a fuel tank. Both expected to find machine gun ammunition inside. Instead, they stumbled on five gold bars weighing about twelve pounds each, with an estimated value of about $1.4 million, according to reports.
Mead said taking videos is standard practice for military enthusiasts like him. “It helps to protect us with regards to law enforcement as we can prove through video evidence where any weapons or ammunition came from,” he told ABC 13 News.
The tank is believed to have been used by the Iraqi Army during the Gulf War and the discovered gold looted by Iraqi soldiers during the invasion of Kuwait, according to local media reports quoting Mead. “They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars,” he said.
After the discovery, the men decided to call the police and turn over the gold. In return, the pair got a receipt, which has been placed in a deposit box.