TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The FBI and Tempe Police Department are turning to the public for help finding a man they say was involved in an armored truck robbery nearly two weeks ago. The agencies released a photo of Juan Carlos Ramirez, 20, on Friday.
Police have already arrested Edwin "Johnny" Villa in connection with the theft. He was at a Glendale tattoo parlor at the time. Investigators say he had $73,000 in his backpack when they took him into custody. After more than a week on the run, he's facing charges of felony theft, conspiracy to commit theft and unlawful use of means of transportation.
Investigators now say Ramirez helped Villa steal more than $1.2 million that was in a Brink's armored truck; most of that money is still missing. Ramirez has been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Ramirez is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 185 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
According to police, Villa and a co-worker, who was not involved in the crime, made a scheduled stop at a Costco near Elliot Road and Priest Drive on Oct. 27. Villa allegedly drove away while his co-worker was in the store. Investigators found the truck abandoned a short distance away; the money was gone.
Police say Villa, who had been working for Brink's for a couple of months, moved the money from the armored truck to his Ford sedan, which was found later that night. Surveillance video shows Villa transferring the money to a white van in the area of 48th Street and Southern Avenue. Investigators believe Ramirez helped load the cash into the van.
Brink’s is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Ramirez. The company is also putting up a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of all of the missing money.
As always, if you wish to be anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). (Click or tap a phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)