January 10, 1992 |
Robbers held up an armored-car courier outside a Roxborough bank yesterday and escaped with $105,000 in cash - despite accidentally locking the keys inside one of their getaway cars. The robbery occurred at 12:55 p.m. in front of a CoreStates First Pennsylvania Bank branch in the 7100 block of Ridge Avenue. Alfred Gaskin, 43, a courier for Brink's Inc., was wheeling a large bag of cash from an armored car when he was confronted by two men, one of them brandishing a double- barreled shotgun, according to police sources.
November 4, 1989 |
In a surprise development yesterday, one of two men accused of stealing a sack containing more than $350,000 from an armored car in 1987 agreed to plead guilty and testify against his co-defendant and friend, Joseph "Thin Joey" Merlino. On the second day of his trial, Richard Barone, 45, pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro sent the jury home and declared a mistrial for Merlino, 24, who is the son of one convicted mobster, Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino, and the nephew of another, Lawrence "Yogi" Merlino.
April 17, 1991 |
When the Clover store's security people spotted the two men loitering in the girls' department, they thought they had shoplifters and started their surveillance cameras rolling. But what the cameras captured yesterday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia was no two-bit shoplifting. Instead, police said, they recorded a full-blown heist in which an armored- car guard was shot at and robbed of $40,000 in cash and checks by two bandits who escaped in a taxi. No one was injured, police said, but the stickup was the latest of two dozen armored-car robberies in the region since last year.
November 3, 1989 |
A man standing trial on charges that he conspired to steal $352,000 out of an armored car in 1987 told police this week that someone had fired a bullet into his apartment, federal and local sources said. Richard Barone, 45, of the 2600 block of Brown Street in the Fairmount section, told police that the bullet came through a screen window early Monday and struck the sofa on which he was resting, sources said. Barone is on trial in U.S. District Court on charges that he conspired with Joseph Merlino, 24, son of convicted organized-crime figure Salvatore Merlino, and an armored-car driver to make it appear as though money had fallen from the truck.
April 24, 1991 |
The driver of an armored car was wounded in the leg yesterday by one of two men who robbed a CoreStates-First Pennsylvania Bank branch in Cheltenham Township of an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Larry West, 58, a veteran employee of the Brink's Inc. armored car service, was shot as he ran after the gunmen outside the branch at 341 W. Cheltenham Ave. West was reported in fair condition yesterday afternoon at Rolling Hill Hospital in Cheltenham with a wound below the knee.
January 17, 2008 |
The lone survivor of the three-man armored-car crew fired on by a robber in Northeast Philadelphia testified yesterday that the darkly clad gunman had shot without warning. As Loomis driver Joseph Walczak waited for his coworkers to service a Wachovia ATM at the Roosevelt Mall on Oct. 4, he was jolted when a bullet struck a window in the armored car, Walczak said during yesterday's preliminary hearing in Municipal Court for accused murderer Mustafa Ali. "I was on my way down when I seen the black figure shooting.
May 18, 1996 |
A Philadelphia police officer interviews a Brinks guard in his armored car yesterday in West Oak Lane after two men took $40,000 cash from him while he was making a delivery to Discount Check Cashing on Stenton Avenue near Washington Lane. The men also took the guard's gun.
February 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Authorities said that an armored-car guard was found shot to death under a railroad trestle in Pittsburgh in an apparent robbery, and police are searching for another guard. Lt. Kevin Kraus said that officers found the Garda armored car in the city's Strip District at about 3:45 p.m. yesterday and found one of the guards dead in the cargo area with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. He said that a second guard, a 22-year-old man, is being sought and is believed to be armed with two semiautomatic pistols.
January 18, 1991 |
A South Philadelphia man was arrested yesterday in the shooting and robbery of an armored car guard last Friday outside a check-cashing agency, police said. Reginald Stinnett, of Dickinson Street near 20th, was held in $70,000 bail for his alleged part in the wounding of Federal Armored Express guard Donald Campbell outside the Financial Exchange on Washington Avenue near 22nd Street. Stinnett, 34, was charged with simple and aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses.
July 31, 1990 |
Two men are in custody and police are looking for two to four more in a series of recent armored car stickups. Anthony McGoue, of Pine Street near 59th, West Philadelphia, and Thaddeus Garfield, of Markoe Street near Woodland Avenue, Southwest Philadelphia, are accused of robbery, weapons offenses and conspiracy, police said. The two men were arrested yesterday by FBI agents and members of the police Major Crimes Unit following an investigation of a half dozen robberies in the past three months.