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January 10, 1992 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 4, 1989 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 17, 1991 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 3, 1989 | By L. Stuart Ditzen and Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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April 24, 1991 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 17, 2008 | By Dwight Ott and Lea Sitton Stanley INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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April 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTHEAST PHILA. The masked gunmen who stole $105,000 from an armored car in broad daylight Thursday have been connected to a similar robbery in October just over a mile away, a law enforcement source said. In Thursday's robbery, two men wearing black bandannas and armed with semiautomatic rifles held up a Garda armored car outside the TD Bank at 6635 Frankford Ave. in Mayfair about 8:55 a.m., police said. In an October robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, two men in Scream masks, also armed with semiautomatic weapons, made off with $300,000 from a Garda car. The source could not specify how investigators made the connection between the heists, but said a "full-court press" continued for the men involved in Thursday's robbery, who police said fled in a stolen van and later got into a white Cadillac Escalade on the 6600 block of Tackawanna Street.
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May 18, 1996 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
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.
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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.
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November 2, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for three men who they say made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the armed robbery of an armored car in Holmesburg on Thursday morning. About 9:30, two men wearing Halloween masks from the Scream movies approached two guards delivering cash in a Garda armored car outside a Wells Fargo bank branch on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue, FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said. The men were carrying TEC-9-style guns, Adamowski said. A TEC-9 is a semiautomatic weapon with a long clip that resembles a small submachine gun. One guard was already outside the truck unloading money, Adamowski said.
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April 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
CURIOUS AS to how the bandits in Thursday's armored-car heist pulled it off so easily? Experience, at least according to a law-enforcement source close to the investigation. The suspects in that robbery, which occurred about 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the TD Bank on Frankford Avenue near Magee in Mayfair, are the "same guys" who allegedly ripped off another armored car in October, according to that source. In that earlier heist, three men wearing "Scream" masks made off with $310,000 from a Wells Fargo branch on Frankford Avenue near Rhawn Street, about 2 miles away from Thursday's incident.
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April 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTHEAST PHILA. The masked gunmen who stole $105,000 from an armored car in broad daylight Thursday have been connected to a similar robbery in October just over a mile away, a law enforcement source said. In Thursday's robbery, two men wearing black bandannas and armed with semiautomatic rifles held up a Garda armored car outside the TD Bank at 6635 Frankford Ave. in Mayfair about 8:55 a.m., police said. In an October robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, two men in Scream masks, also armed with semiautomatic weapons, made off with $300,000 from a Garda car. The source could not specify how investigators made the connection between the heists, but said a "full-court press" continued for the men involved in Thursday's robbery, who police said fled in a stolen van and later got into a white Cadillac Escalade on the 6600 block of Tackawanna Street.
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November 2, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for three men who they say made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the armed robbery of an armored car in Holmesburg on Thursday morning. About 9:30, two men wearing Halloween masks from the Scream movies approached two guards delivering cash in a Garda armored car outside a Wells Fargo bank branch on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue, FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said. The men were carrying TEC-9-style guns, Adamowski said. A TEC-9 is a semiautomatic weapon with a long clip that resembles a small submachine gun. One guard was already outside the truck unloading money, Adamowski said.
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November 1, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT and STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A DUO OF GUNMEN in "Scream" masks who crept up on an armored car outside a bank in Holmesburg yesterday were anything but a Halloween prank. Authorities say the men, armed with Tec-9 semiautomatic handguns, made off with an estimated $310,000 in cash. Police said the heist happened about 9:45 a.m. at a Wells Fargo branch at Frankford Avenue and Rhawn Street. The two men held up a Garda armored truck guard and took off with the cash in a getaway van driven by a third masked man, authorities said.
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July 23, 2013 | By Jenny Barchfield and Bradley Brooks, Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO - Since taking the helm of the world's biggest church in March, Pope Francis has waded into massive crowds with minimal protection to hug children and wash the feet of the faithful. Yet for Brazilian security officials charged with protecting the 76-year-old pontiff with the common touch, his seven-day visit this week is an uncommon security challenge. In his first international trip as pope, Francis has built much of his schedule in the world's biggest Catholic country around high-profile events that send him straight into unpredictable, chaotic environments.
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February 21, 2013 | By Raf Casert, Associated Press
BRUSSELS, Belgium - When the armored car set off for the Brussels airport carrying $50 million worth of precious stones from Antwerp's diamond district, eight gunmen knew all about it. One of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory was about to go down. The thieves surely knew it would be too risky to make their move in Antwerp, which is the world capital of diamond-cutting, 27 miles from the airport. The city's diamond industry has 2,000 surveillance cameras, police monitoring, and countless identity controls to protect its $200 million in daily trade of rough and polished gems.
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October 13, 2012 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here are a couple of tidbits to include in Insurance Fraud for Dummies : If you're going to claim you were in a SEPTA bus accident, make sure you were on the bus when the accident happened. And surveillance cameras are everywhere. Including on SEPTA buses. Eight Philadelphians charged Thursday with insurance fraud could learn those lessons the hard way. The District Attorney's Office said the alleged fraud began with a December 2009 accident in Center City, when the mirror of a SEPTA bus clipped the mirror of an armored car at 15th and Walnut Streets.
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July 30, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
  What's a tiny volunteer fire company in Bensalem doing with a $1 million taxpayer-funded fireboat tricked out to troll the Delaware River for blazes, bodies, terrorists, and IEDs? Nothing, besides preening for festival crowds and crashing into objects seen and unseen. The tale of how the dysfunctional Union Fire Company won a wad of Homeland Security money to buy a state-of-the-art terror-taming boat screams post-9/11 planning at its nuttiest. The volunteers' bold play to dabble in regional law enforcement has soured relations with Bensalem's paid police department.
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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.
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January 6, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gunplay on a North Philadelphia street critically wounded an armored-car guard who was shot in the head Thursday night while servicing an ATM in a neighborhood grocery, police said. But the shooting about 7:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of North Ninth Street, near Clearfield Street, initially reported as a robbery, was not a typical attempted heist, police said. Instead, it appears the guard, 29, whose name was not released, was the victim of an errant shot aimed by unidentified gunmen firing from outside the store at a 17-year-old male, police said.
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