Perth Mint security guard smuggled $52k gold bar in underwear

A Perth man has been jailed for hiding a one kilogram gold bar down his pants.

Matthew Rousetty was working as a security guard at the Perth Mint when he stole the $52,000 bar from the “panic room" in 2016 during his patrol.

A metal detector went off when the 27-year-old left the Mint, but he blamed it on the metal zipper on his trousers.

In March, Rousetty sold the bar to a gold dealer for $44,500 and used the money to pay off his car loan and credit card debt, The West Australian reported.

Matthew Rousetty was working as a security guard at the Perth Mint when he stole the $52,000 bar. Photo: 7 News

He was caught after the dealer tried to sell the gold bar back to the Perth Mint.

“This offending was illogical, unplanned and almost destined to be discovered,” Defence lawyer Gavin MacLean said.

“It’s true to say he had a brain snap."

Judge Bruce Goetzes said Rousetty's crime has impacted the reputation of the Perth Mint and said it is now considering a ban on all clothes containing metal.

Rousetty has been jailed for 15 months.

A metal detector went off when the 27-year-old left the Mint, but he blamed it on his zipper. Photo: 7 News

Judge Bruce Goetzes said Rousetty's crime has impacted the reputation of the Perth Mint. Photo: 7 News

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