Hialeah Gardens, Florida

From NaplesNews.com of May 2, 2007

Thieves rob armored truck of $1.8 million in S. Fla.

Authorities searched for two robbers who fled with $1.8 million from an armored truck during a delivery at a check cashing store Wednesday. Shots were fired, but no one was injured, police said.

The armored truck, operated by AT Systems, was making a delivery to EZ Check Cashing Store at 8:40 a.m. in Hialeah Gardens. The driver parked the truck and a messenger got out with the bag containing the money to deliver it to the store. A person approached the messenger and pointed what felt like a handgun to his back and then told him in Spanish to walk over to a dark blue four-door Mitsubishi and throw the money in the back seat, the FBI said in an e-mail.

“A slight struggle ensued where the subject tried to take the gun away from the messenger. When he failed, he got into the car,” the FBI e-mail said.

The FBI said that witnesses also saw a man sitting in the driver’s seat of the Mitsubishi. The messenger fired three shots as the car drove away.

The heist was caught on surveillance tape, but the footage was not likely to be released Wednesday, said Judy Orihuela, FBI spokeswoman.

The FBI questioned the two guards on the scene and analyzed the video surveillance tape of the robbery, Hialeah Gardens police Lt. Carlos Fojo said.


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