The GCS truck turned right onto Lofton Street and began heading northwest toward Route 202. The 4-wheel-drive Ford armored truck, owned by the GCS (Gold Carrier Service) Company, was transporting five-hundred pounds of gold bars to NHNSC (New Hampshire National Security Corporation) in Concord, NH, from the Northwood Financial Exchange Company located in the center of Northwood, NH. Lofton street cut through a small forested area for about five-and-a-half-miles. It connected the outskirts of the town of Northwood to the major east-west Route 202, twenty-five miles east of Concord. Security guard Jack Forrester and GCS driver Bill Parenti were given the transportation job on this Friday afternoon.