UPDATE: Search is on for suspects in armored car robbery; reward offered

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UPDATE FEB. 26:

PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the FBI:

Phoenix FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Stephen A. Cocco announced today, February 26, 2009, that the FBI is seeking the public's assistance in identifying those responsible for the robbery of a Loomis Armored Courier.

On February 24, 2009, at approximately 1:37 p.m., a Loomis Armored Courier entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 5160 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona to make a delivery. An unknown male (Suspect #1), armed with an AK-47 style assault rifle followed the courier into the bank. Suspect #1 held the courier at gunpoint while demanding he drop his weapon and courier bags. The courier dropped the bags. Suspect #1 then took the courier bags and fled the bank entering a red/orange 2001 Chevy Cavalier with an undisclosed amount of money. An unknown male (Suspect #2) was the driver of the getaway vehicle. The vehicle was abandoned in the area of 55th Avenue and Ellis (Just North of Baseline).

Suspect #1 is described as a Black Male, late 20's, medium build, 5'10" to 6'0", wearing a dark sweatshirt, blue jeans, dark nylon cap, armed with a AK-47 style assault rifle.

Suspect #2 is described as a Black Male (No Further Description), driving a red/orange 2001 Chevy Cavalier.

The Board of Directors of Loomis Armored US, Inc., has authorized the payment of up to Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) to persons who provide information to any police agency resulting in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators, and the recovery of funds stolen during the robbery of a Loomis crew at Wells Fargo Bank branch, 5160 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

The Board of Directors of Loomis Armored US, Inc., in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right: (i) to deny payment of any money to any informer; (ii) to determine the dollar value, if any, of information provided by any informer based on the value of that information to law enforcement authorities in the capture of the perpetrators and the recovery of the missing money; and (iii) to apportion money to be paid hereunder, if any, between two or more informers based on the value of such information in the capture of the perpetrators and the recovery of the missing money. This reward will remain in effect to June 1, 2009.

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is investigating this matter. The task force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Mesa Police Department, and the Scottsdale Police Department. Anyone with information concerning this robbery or any knowledge of suspicious activity in the area in which the getaway vehicle was abandoned is urged to call the Phoenix FBI Field Division at 602-279-5511 or their local authorities. Callers are not required to identify themselves. Armed robbery is a violent crime and the public should use caution and not attempt to detain the robber(s).

Suspect fled with bags of cash

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- Witnesses say two men in a stolen car were parked near the Wells Fargo on 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

When a delivery man arrived to bring cash to the bank, one of the suspects followed him inside. Police say the robber was carrying a rifle and ordered the delivery man to give up the cash.

Police tell 3TV, "At that time the victim dropped bank bags. The suspect grabbed those bags and exited the bank and got into the passenger side of that same car and fled the area westbound."

That stolen car, a red Cavalier, was found just blocks away. Police say the Cavalier had been stolen Monday from the Pure Fitness gym located near Warner Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe.

Both suspects are described as black men in their 20s. The suspect with the rifle was described as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, blue jeans and a dark nylon cap.

If you know anything about this robbery, call Phoenix Police.