By Packie Williams
A shipment of the rare space rock, quantillium, was being transported from the docks to ATOM Labs for research purposes last night, when the armored van was hijacked by masked men, at least one of whom was a multiplier.
The shipment of quantillium, a rock from the Mark-9 Solar System, was meant as a gift from the Thranzxians to Earth for the Peace Force’s role in saving their planet from a swarm of telepathic insects last year. Quantillium has many unique energy-absorbing properties that not even the Thranzxians fully understand. The gift, which weighed no more than a few pounds, was to be examined and studied by ATOM Labs, under the supervision of Dr. Amazing.
The quantillium was initially received in Paris and then shipped to New Romford by boat. It was being delivered discretely at night because an ounce is worth millions on the black market. Somehow, news of the shipment leaked, and three men surrounded the armored van using two semis and a forklift.
A firefight followed between the guards and the masked men. The guards reported that only three men were involved in the robbery, but more masked men appeared after they threw smoke bombs at the van. The masked men, who were dressed in black like the men in the Winston National Bank robbery a few weeks ago, overpowered the guards, knocking them out and driving away with the armored van.
The NRPD responded to the alarm sounded by the guards as the robbery began and chased them down Miller Road. After winding through downtown for nearly 15 minutes, the masked men turned down an alley on 18th St and unloaded the shipment. The police followed them on foot, and during the chase, one of the masked men split into two in front of an officer. Then it was impossible for the police to capture the robbers as they kept multiplying.
Unfortunately, the robbers made it out with the quantillium, but now that a superhuman is involved with the case, the Peace Force has assigned two members to search for the culprits. Neither the NRPD or ATOM Labs would comment on the record about the incident.