Tear gas-wielding man steals $8,000 from Brink's driver Robber interrupts delivery to bank inside the Gallery.

October 29, 1991|By William B. Talbott and Patrick Ercolano | William B. Talbott and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff

The driver of an armored vehicle was robbed of about $8,000 today at a downtown bank after he was sprayed in the face with tear gas.

The Brink's delivery man, Robert Scharf, was attacked as he attempted to step off a private elevator leading to the First American Bank inside the Gallery, at Calvert and Lombard streets.

Neither Brink's Inc. nor First American Bank would say not whose money was taken.

At about 9:45 a.m., Scharf carried a white money bag from a Brink's truck into the lobby on the Lombard Street side of the Gallery. He entered a private, key-controlled elevator. When the elevator door opened on the second floor, an unidentified man sprayed tear gas in Scharf's face, grabbed the money bag and fled.

Scharf, who had been temporarily blinded by the chemical, could not give authorities information about the assailant. Bank tellers at the counter reportedly were unaware of the incident because the elevator door is out of their view.

Scharf was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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