FBI investigating armored van robbery

January 18, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

The FBI continued yesterday its investigation of the gunpoint carjacking and abduction of a driver and guard and their armored van from the parking lot of a Royal Farm Store in Riviera Beach on Tuesday.

Authorities have released few additional details of the incident, in which the armored van employees were bound with tape and left in the vehicle in industrial area of Curtis Bay in Baltimore.

The cash - as much as $400,000, according to police sources - was transferred from the Loomis, Fargo & Co. van to another vehicle. Authorities have said they believe two men and a woman committed the crime.

The guard told authorities he was approached by the robbers as he walked toward the van after refilling an automated teller machine in the store at Fort Smallwood Road and Riviera Drive. Special Agent Peter A. Gulotta Jr., a spokesman for the regional FBI office, said the robbers might have been wearing uniforms.

Federal agents also are investigating an unrelated robbery of a Glen Burnie bank, which occurred about an hour after the armored van incident.

A man held up Allfirst Bank in the 500 block of E. Ordnance Road about 1 p.m., Gulotta said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the FBI office at 410-465-8080 or county police at 410-222-8050.

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