Robber escape with $1.8 million in bank heist


A robber drove away with more than $1.8 million in the heist of a ATM courier cargo van robbery.

 According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who said its agency is partnering with DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy, the robbery occurred Sept. 8 on South Hairston Road in Decatur.

 At approximately 6:45 a.m., two employees of ATM Response were making a cash drop at a Citizens Trust Bank teller machine and parked their vehicle in front of the bank. Both the driver and passenger left the vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash, leaving the rest of the money inside the vehicle.

 Although the driver locked the vehicle doors before leaving, the keys were left in the ignition, according to the FBI report. The ATM Response employees were gone for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

 When the two employees returned to where the vehicle was last parked—it was gone. The employees told investigators they noticed shattered glass on the ground where the van was previously parked.

 According to the FBI, while the ATM Response employees were stocking the ATM with money, a man wearing dark pants, a baggy gray long-sleeve shirt and a backpack approached the vehicle.

 The DeKalb County Marshall’s unit found the cargo van at Galleon Crossing in Decatur two hours later, but no suspect.

 The total amount stolen was approximately $1,845,750. The Champion attempted to contact ATM Response via email, but did not receive a reply by press time.

 The FBI stated they are looking for any individuals with information, especially those who live in the Hairston Forest South neighborhood in Decatur, to contact the Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404)-577-8477.



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