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$30K reward offered for truck heist info

August 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A major reward was offered Thursday to solve an armored-truck heist. A man in a white cap can be seen on surveillance-camera video: First he waits, then pounces on an armored car guard, steals his bag of money, and runs off.L.A. police and the FBI held a joint news conference Thursday to announce a $30,000 reward in that case. They also released a composite sketch of the suspect.

The robbery happened a month ago, and police still have no leads. The FBI said Thursday said they do not believe this robbery was linked to any others that they are investigating. Authorities are turning to the public for help.

A brazen robbery caught on tape: Surveillance cameras captured a suspect taking down a Dunbar armored-truck courier and grabbing the courier's bag of cash, and taking off.

It happened July 5 at the Guadalajara Meat Market on 141st Street and South Vermont Avenue.

"In the surveillance video, you physically see him jumping up, attacking him and forcing him down to the ground, and then taking the money bag and running out, exiting out of the store," said LAPD Robbery Homicide Detective Maria Tomes.

"The courier fired two shots at the fleeing suspect in a green Isuzu Trooper, which blew out the back window of the vehicle," said LAPD Robbery-Homicide Captain Dennis Cremins.

Thursday, LAPD Robbery-Homicide detectives released a sketch of the suspect, described as a 25- to 30-year-old Hispanic or black male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160-170 pounds, with dark eyes, a beard, and a braided ponytail.

Police say the suspect was seen driving a dark-green 1997 Isuzu Trooper with the rear window shot out.

Dunbar Armored truck company and the owners of the Guadalajara Meat Market are offering a $30,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

"We are confident that somebody does have information of some type about this, so we're hoping that this added incentive will bring somebody forth with the necessary information," said Det. Cremins.

If you have any information that could help police solve this crime, you are urged to call the Los Angeles Police Dept. at (877) LAWFULL (529-3855).

 

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