Isabelle Panelli, a spokeswoman for GardaWorld, said the company did not comment on personnel issues. Kaufling refused Wednesday to say how much was stolen from the armored car, but James Grimes, owner of the Radcliff-based Gun School, provides training for the armed guards, told the Courier Journal that the amount lost was rising. at $ 850,000. In a call about the robbery, a police officer announced that a second Garda employee had returned from a fall in the mall to find the weapon of the Espinosa headquarters. . .Grimes said that could mean that Espinosa was heading to the airport and knew that he could not pass his gun with safety. More: Missing gift card? Postman accused of stealing money and cardsRead more: Is it difficult to rob an armored truck? Almost impossible, says an expertIf the $ 850,000 were equitably split between the $ 1, $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 20 and $ 50 bills, he would have weighed about 60 pounds, according to the Courier Journal's calculations. The money would go in a pair of big sports bags. Jim McGuffey, a security consultant and veteran of the armored vehicle industry for 26 years, said that a getaway in a commercial plane was plausible. "The bigger the bills, the less they will pay," said McGuffey.
If Espinosa took the money and ran, he joined a small criminal fraternity. Last year, there were only 22 armored vehicle robberies in the country, according to the Lowers Risk Group, based in Purcellville, Va. Two of them were in Kentucky. On September 28, two men ambushed an armored car guard in a Newport mall and ran away with $ 26,000 in cash. According to the FBI, about 25 to 35 trucks and armored drivers are stolen each year, compared to about 4,000 banks.More: Busted! According to a California official, the recycling of the contraband network has brought in $ 16.1 millionMore: One of their own stole $ 140,000, now the volunteer fire department is trying to recoverBanks are more often affected because criminals know that burglaries of armored cars are far more dangerous: unarmed bank tellers are trained to pay money without asking any questions. Armored vehicle smugglers are armed and trained to use lethal force, without waiting for the thief to fire first. After four of his trucks were robbed – and two guards shot – in Houston in 2013, Garda made the unusual decision to speak out loud to potential thieves in public. "We are telling the bad guys that we will defend ourselves," said Robert Hatchett, senior director of operations at GardaWorld in Texas, says the New York Times. "They can expect, one way or another, to pay for physical injury, harm, or even death. They will pay for it with prosecution, and they will pay for it with restitution. We will not let him go. Successful armored car burglaries are also rare, as vehicles, which weigh up to 25,000 pounds and are made of hardened steel with bullet proof windows, are hard to crack. Hard, but not impossible Just last week, near Bari, Italy, about 280 km southeast of Rome, a group of gunmen thieves used bulldozers and giant diggers to open an armored car and win the equivalent of $ 2.3 million. Perhaps because armored cars are treasure-troves worth millions of dollars, their flights have captured the imagination of the public since the first, in 1927, when the Flathead Gang dynamited a truck 11 km from Pittsburgh and cleared $ 100,000 in cash, the equivalent of $ 1.4 million today. These thieveries were dramatized in films, including the critically acclaimed but critically nicknamed "Armored Car Theft" movie in 1950. That same year, nine armed robbers broke the American burglary record when they were robbed. they had taken $ 2.7 million from a Brink & # 39; s. deposit in Boston. They almost got away with it, but six years later – just five days before the expiration of the statute of limitations – one of the thieves, Joseph "Specs" O Keefe, has opened the rest and testified for the government.More: A two-year plot to steal $ 4 million in armored vehicles, to kill drivers, ends with an epic arrest on the Florida HighwayMore: How a football player from Idaho became a bank robberRobberies with armored vehicles are notoriously difficult because they usually occur in broad daylight in public places and often require a team of professionals. Many are amateur jobs, such as that of 2016 in a Rite Aid pharmacy located at 4000 Taylorsville Road, in which Royten Beaudoin, 35, told a courier that he had a gun and asked money. The courier refused and the police arrested Beaudoin while he was trying to get into the armored car. He pleaded guilty to robbery. But some more sophisticated criminals, who had been planning for months or even years, managed to break the price of armored cars without paying the price. Roberto Solis, who killed a motorist during a robbery in 1969 and spent 24 years in prison writing critically acclaimed poems and preparing for his next crime. In 1993, Solis hired his girlfriend, 21-year-old Heather Tallchief, to Loomis. Armored car in Las Vegas. Two months later, on October 21, 1993, she simply left with about $ 3 million while messengers were replenishing ATM machines at Circus Circus Casino. The truck was found weeks later in a rented storage space, with some of the money still in it. But Tallchief disguised as an old woman and Solis pushing her into a wheelchair, the couple boarded a charter plane and flew to Denver. The pilot told the authorities that they had some big parcels with them. They ended up hiding in Amsterdam. In 2005, after a quiet life as a single mother and maid in Holland, Tallchief returned to the United States and surrendered. She told the authorities that she had left Solis years earlier and that she had no idea where he was. She served six years in prison. Neither Solis nor the $ 2.5 million they brought to Europe have ever been found. If he is still alive, he would be 73 years old.Follow Andrew Wolfson and Billy Kobin on Twitter: @adwolfson and @Billy_KobinThis article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: FBI: A missing armored vehicle driver is "directly involved" with a $ 850,000 robbery