Former armored car driver admits helping rob guard in delivery to ATM

February 05, 1999|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF

An Arbutus man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Baltimore for his role in the $280,000 robbery last fall of a Loomis Fargo armored car guard who was delivering money to an automated teller machine.

Shawn D. Barrick, who prosecutors say used his knowledge as a former driver for the security company to punch in a code to deactivate the alarm at an ATM at a Catonsville gas station, pleaded guilty to interfering with interstate commerce by threats and violence.

U.S. District Judge Herbert N. Maletz set a sentencing date of April 15 for Barrick, 23, of the 4300 block of Highview Ave.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors promised to drop a lesser charge of conspiracy.

In a statement filed with the plea agreement, prosecutors said that shortly after noon Oct. 28, Barrick deactivated an alarm in a First National Bank ATM booth in the 600 block of Frederick Road.

Steve Rites also is charged in the robbery. He is accused of confronting the armored car guard, spraying him with Mace, throwing him to the ground and tying him up, the statement said. The guard's .38-caliber revolver and $280,000 in $20 bills were taken, the statement said.

Barrick confessed to the crime and investigators recovered $215,000 at the homes of Barrick, his parents and Rites' girlfriend, according to the statement.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBaigio said after the proceeding that Rites also had entered into a plea agreement. Rites is to enter his plea Feb. 19 before U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg.

During his court appearance, Barrick said the robbery was planned a week before it occurred because Rites needed money to make delinquent child support payments.

"I really didn't need the money," Barrick said. "I shouldn't have had any part in it. But I did."

Pub Date: 2/05/99

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