Crime Stoppers: Big reward in armored truck stick-up

Exclusive video in armored truck robbery

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Gunmen robbed an armored car guard in the middle of the day. Now there's a $25,000 reward posted.

According to police, this was no ordinary stick-up.  The robbery was well-planned, well-executed, and the robbers were a step-up from ordinary crooks.

"I think these guys knew what they were doing," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.

Roddey said witnesses at the Bank of America drive-through on Albemarle Road saw two men walking along a green fence that separates the bank from a strip mall. They had their hands in their pockets and no one thought much of it.

Looking at the bank surveillance video focused on the ATM, you can see a Loomis Fargo guard extracting money from the machine. Suddenly, the guard looks over his shoulder. He's heard his driver revving the engine on the armored car, which is meant to be an alert.

"He did try to give him a warning," said Detective Roddey, "But the warning was too late."

By the time the guard reached for the gun on his hip, two men were at his back with guns drawn.

"They just told him 'don't do anything stupid,'" Detective Roddey said, "And the first suspect told the second guy to grab his gun, grab the bag of money - and they took off."

It was a ten second stick-up which netted thousands of dollars.

Through the windshield of a customer's car, we see them run back down the fence line toward Winterhaven Drive. But at that point, police don't know where they went.

"They looked like seasoned professionals, didn't they?" I asked.

Detective Roddey answered, "Yes, they had a plan and they did the plan to perfection."

"This is a big-time high-profile case," Roddey said. "It's so high-profile Loomis has offered $25,000 and additional reward to what we're doing in Crime Stoppers."

To collect the Loomis Fargo $25,000 reward, there has to be an arrest and conviction. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward simply for a tip leading to an arrest.

Call 704-334-1600. Police need your help to get these professional bandits off our streets.

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