Police: Robbers dodged bullets, got $55,000

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 06:38 PM

UPDATE 6:36 p.m.

High Point police still are looking for four people who left the SunTrust Bank parking lot in a hail of bullets with a bag of money Thursday. That bag held $55,000 dollars in cash, according to a police report.
Two armed Brinks guards on Thursday afternoon were unloading money from an armored truck outside SunTrust bank on Eastchester Drive.
Two robbers walked to the back of the truck while two men drove to the front of the truck in a white Dodge van, police said. 
The men were armed with two handguns and a shotgun. Police recovered the shotgun later at the scene.
At some point during the robbery, the Brinks guards shot at the men.
The men did not return fire, and it is unclear if any were injured, police said.
The men jumped into a white Dodge Caravan and quickly crashed into the fence behind the bank, on Countryside Drive.
Police believe the robbers jumped out of the van, which was stolen in Greensboro, and into two waiting sedans, one gray and the other white, that were parked on Countryside Drive.
Contrary to previous police reports, a Ford truck was not the get-away car.
“Initially we were being told that an F-150 was involved, but later we got some better information,” Capt. Mike Kirk said. “We got pretty good information that they left in two four-door sedans instead. As these things unfold and we started comparing everything, we get a better picture.”
Police and Crimestoppers are offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspects involved in the robbery.
Here are descriptions of three suspects provided by High Point police. They have had vague, conflicting descriptions of a fourth suspect, who may have been a woman.
One man is described as black, dressed in dark clothing, wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun. He is described to be in his early 20s with a dark brown complexion, estimated to be 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall and 140 pounds.
The second man is described as black, dressed in all-black, wearing a ski mask and carrying a shotgun. He is described as being in his early 30s, estimated to be 5 feet 6 inches tall to 6 feet tall  and weighing about 200 pounds.
The third suspect is described as a black man wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans with a bandana over his face. He is described as thin, estimated to be about 6 feet 1 inch tall and carrying a handgun.
“Based on what the driver’s said, that is where we have drawn our descriptions from,” Kirk said. “We have not come up with names or a group of suspects yet, but the investigation is still ongoing.”
Police and Crimestoppers are offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspects involved in the robbery.
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UPDATE 1:15 p.m

High Point police are still looking for three men and a woman who left the SunTrust Bank parking lot with a bag of money and in a hail of bullets.
That bag held $55,000 dollars in cash, according to a police report.
The report stated that both of the armed male Brinks guards shot at the robbers.
It’s unclear if they were injured.
“We are doing some call backs and doing some follow-up interviews, just trying to pick up some things that we may have missed,” said High Point Capt. Mike Kirk.
At 2:45 p.m. Thursday, the guards were unloading money from an armored Brinks truck outside SunTrust bank on Eastchester Drive.
After they pulled money bags from the truck, two masked men approached them with a shotgun.
Neither of the guards were injured.
The men jumped into a white Dodge Caravan and quickly crashed into the fence behind the bank, on Countryside Drive.
They were picked up by a woman driving an Ford F-150 and drove away. A man was riding in the truck with the woman. Police have not been able to offer descriptions of the robbers.
Police believe that both vehicles were stolen.
When reached by phone Friday, one of the guards declined to comment. A representative from Brinks office in Charlotte said he could not comment on the robbery.
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UPDATE 9:30 p.m.

The three men and one woman who orchestrated the robbery of an armored truck outside a bank Thursday afternoon had done some planning.
“Someone knew what they were doing,” said High Point police Capt. Mike Kirk.
“This is not somebody just walking in with a note. This appears to be well orchestrated. It was well planned and they had someone following them.”
At 2:45 p.m. two armed male guards were unloading money from an armored Brinks truck at SunTrust bank on Eastchester Drive.
After they pulled money bags from the truck, two masked men approached them with a shotgun.
“Shots were exchanged and the guards did fire,” Kirk said. “I do not know if the suspects were hit.”
Neither of the guards were injured.
Kirk said the men got away with a bag of money.
The men jumped into a white Dodge Caravan and quickly crashed into the fence behind the bank, on Countryside Drive. They were picked up by a woman driving an F-150 truck and drove away. A man was riding in the truck with the woman.
Police believe the van and truck were stolen. Investigators won’t know how much money was in the stolen bag until both Brinks and SunTrust complete a count.
When the shots were fired, the bank went on lockdown. No one inside was injured, Kirk said.
On Thursday afternoon, yellow police tape snaked around the bank. A Brinks guard was still sitting in the driver’s seat while investigators snapped photographs of the truck and shell casings and bagged a shotgun left at the scene.
Officers canvassed local businesses hoping to collect surveillance video and information.
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UPDATE: 4:07 p.m.

Officers are searching for four suspects. The robbers were wearing masks. Officers don't have descriptions available. Two people approached the two male Brinks workers outside the bank. One robber was armed with a shotgun. There was gunfire but it is unclear who fired the shots. Officers recovered a shotgun at the scene. The suspects fled in a van that they crashed off Countryside Drive. They switched to a F150 truck that was reported stolen out of Greensboro, Police said. Police are canvassing neighboring businesses.

 

UPDATE 3:57

Photographer Don Davis Jr. said the back door of the Brinks truck is open at the scene. A hand truck had been used to unload coins, it appears.

 

We're hearing reports of a possible robbery of a Brinks truck in the parking lot of SunTrust Bank at 1301 Eastchester Drive. There was gunfire in the parking lot. Reporter Chanel Davis and photographer Don Davis Jr. are at the scene.
We'll provide updates as soon as we get them.