A collector from the United Kingdom found gold bars in the fuel tank of the old Soviet T-54 tank, bought by him on eBay, writes the tabloid The Sun.
Nick Meade, who replenished his collection, which consists of 150 samples of military equipment, acquired a tank for 30 thousand pounds sterling (about 2 million rubles). When, together with the mechanic Todd Chamberlain, he began to disassemble the machine to make sure that there was no ammunition left inside, then, having removed the fuel cap, he found five gold ingots. Their cost, according to preliminary estimates, exceeds two million pounds sterling (more than 140 million rubles).
Mead believes that the gold was hidden in a tank by Iraqi soldiers who were looting in Kuwait during the war in the Persian Gulf in 1990-1991. Then the tank was captured and wound up in the UK.
“We did not know what to do, you can not just go to the exchange office with five gold bars in your hand, so we called the police,” Chamberlain said. The police took the ingots, leaving a receipt in return.
The authorities decided to transport gold to London. The local police department did not give any comments on this issue. “However, even if the gold is not returned to me, I still have a tank,” Mead said.