Northeast Times

Masked men get $300K in armored car heist

Three rob­bers wear­ing Scream-style Hal­loween masks made off with more than $300,000 in cash after a brazen ar­mored truck heist at a Holmes­burg bank last Thursday.

The spe­cial agent-in-charge of the Phil­adelphia FBI, Ed­ward Hanko, de­scribed the crime as “ob­vi­ously a well-planned rob­bery” when speak­ing to news re­port­ers out­side the Wells Fargo at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Rhawn Street.

Sur­veil­lance video broad­cast by CBS-3 showed that the crooks spent just three minutes in the park­ing lot of the bank. At 9:32 a.m., they pulled in­to the lot in­side a green Ply­mouth minivan. The Garda ar­mored truck ar­rived two minutes later with two uni­formed guards on board. In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that two of the crooks ap­proached one of the guards from be­hind as he un­loaded cash from the truck and placed it on a hand truck for de­liv­ery in­to the bank. The rob­bers wore ghost­face masks sim­il­ar to those worn by the killers in the pop­u­lar slash­er movie series Scream. They car­ried TEC-9 style semi­auto­mat­ic hand­guns.

The ban­dits knocked the guard to the ground, grabbed the cash and re­turned to their minivan, where the third ac­com­plice was wait­ing as the get­away driver. Sur­veil­lance video showed the minivan ex­it­ing the lot at 9:35 a.m. The ar­mored truck guards were not in­jured.

Po­lice found the un­oc­cu­pied minivan a short time later on the 3400 block of Ar­thur St., about six blocks from the bank near the James Ramp Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. It had been re­por­ted stolen in Up­per Darby in Au­gust.

A wit­ness told CBS-3 that she saw the rob­bers aban­don the van and get in­to in a second get­away vehicle, pos­sibly a Pon­tiac Bon­neville. In­vest­ig­at­ors later found that vehicle un­oc­cu­pied at an un­dis­closed loc­a­tion. A fourth ac­com­plice re­portedly may have as­sisted in the es­cape. •• 

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