Henrico robbery linked to armored car theft ring

By Ryan Nobels - bio | email

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The FBI is connecting the dots between a series of armored car robberies that started in Richmond and ended up in Virginia Beach.

In 2005, Henrico police predicted that the armored car that was robbed at a Bank of America was part of a coordinated and planned attack. FBI officials have linked that crime to three others in the Virginia Beach area, including one that happened just two weeks ago.

It happened in broad daylight a little more than four years ago. An s-u-v slammed into an armored car and the people inside got out armed with assault rifles, grabbed cash and took off.

Flash forward to 2009 and a bank in Virginia Beach. A similar crime is pulled off almost exactly the same way. For the FBI, it's more than just a coincidence and the urgency to bring these criminals to justice is great.

"The Subjects are armed, they displaced their weapons so the potential for violence is always present," said the FBI's Special Agent in charge, Alex J. Turner

FBI agents are now in search of a man matching the description given after the most recent crimes.  A sketch of one of the suspects taken in 2005 resembles the recent description, but that is not the only comparison to be made.

In 2005, the criminals ditched their getaway car in the Ukrop's parking lot just a few blocks from the bank they robbed. They used the same tactic when the armored car was robbed in Virginia Beach.

In both cases, the vehicle used to smash into the armored car was stolen from a nearby used car dealership just a few weeks before the robbery.

The FBI is offering a $75,000 reward to anyone with information that could help break the case.

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