2 charged in Catonsville robbery of armored car guard at ATM Daytime attack netted $280,000 in cash

November 19, 1998|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

In what the FBI describes as "an inside job," two men were charged yesterday with the robbery of $280,000 from a Loomis Fargo armored car guard, who was attacked Oct. 28 while filling a Catonsville bank machine.

One suspect, Shawn D. Barrick, 23, was working for Loomis Fargo at the time of the robbery and is accused of using his knowledge of turning off bank alarms to aid a quiet getaway, the FBI said.

"Mr. Barrick then quit his job two days after the robbery," said Special Agent David R. Knowlton, head of the Maryland FBI office. "We got word from a concerned citizen that Mr. Barrick appeared to be living beyond his means."

Barrick and Steve Glen Rites, 32, made initial appearances yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where prosecutors outlined the case. Neither has a criminal record, and their attorneys successfully argued that they should be released on home detention.

Efforts to reach Rites, who authorities say has no fixed address, were unsuccessful. A woman at Barrick's home in the 4300 block of Highview Ave. in Arbutus declined to comment.

An FBI affidavit filed in court said Barrick confessed on Monday to the robbery and told federal agents where they could find more than $166,000 of the stolen money. Investigators found the cash, all slightly-worn $20 bills, in two olive green ammunition canisters at the home of Barrick's parents, the affidavit said.

Federal agents found roughly $43,000 of the money at Rites' girlfriend's Towson-area apartment, court papers said. A search at Barrick's home netted two cans of Mace chemical spray. The FBI and Baltimore County police say the same type of spray was used to incapacitate the guard during the robbery, court papers said.

The robbery occurred about 12: 25 p.m. at a First National Bank automated teller machine beside an Amoco gas station in the 600 block of Frederick Road. The robbers taped the guard's eyes and mouth, handcuffed him and sprayed him with Mace.

Minutes before, Barrick is accused of punching a disabling code on the bank alarm -- which he knew from working for Loomis Fargo, the FBI said.

On Nov. 9, Barrick and Rites bought 1999 Yamaha motorcycles, the affidavit said. Rites had also bought a Chevrolet pickup truck on Nov. 12, paying $14,700 in $20 bills, the document said.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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