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How FBI Cracked Case of $3M Armored Truck Robbery in South Florida

armored-carBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After three years of investigating the $3 million armed robbery of an armored truck company’s South Florida depot, prosecutors have landed convictions in the heist.

So how did the FBI crack the case?

Security Info Watch reports that a former weekend supervisor, Hjalmar Towns, at the old Garda Logistics armored truck building provided tips to the robbers to keep authorities off their heels.

Two suspects confessed this year to wing the armed robbers.

The case began to solidify 10 months after the heist, when Towns was arrested for trying to swipe more than $1.5 million from a Garda armored truck in West Palm Beach.

Towns initially was believed to be a victim.

“Part of what broke this case open was they [investigators] had all this surveillance video and they couldn’t understand what was going on because Mr. Towns didn’t appear to be being robbed. He got hit over the head and tied up at the end of the raid, but it didn’t look right,” said Towns’ lawyer James Eisenberg.

The story didn’t add up.

“We were all wondering ‘Why didn’t Mr. Towns get up and run away … if this was a genuine robbery?'” Fagan told U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg.

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