A man shot an armored car courier Friday morning during a robbery, which federal agents believe is connected to five other such incidents in the metro Atlanta area.
Wells Fargo Bank is offering a $10,000 reward for help in the case, FBI’s Special Agent Mr. Stephen Emmett said.
So far, no one has been arrested and officers have not been able to identify any of the assailants.
About 9 a.m., two couriers with Loomis Armored Car were servicing an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank at 4798 Redan Road in Stone Mountain, Mr. Emmett said.
“One of the two courier… was suddenly approached and, without warning, fired on multiple times by an armed assailant,” Mr. Emmett said.
The shooter grabbed the wounded courier’s bag and jumped into the passenger side of a late 1980s or early 1990s white Jeep Cherokee and the vehicle took off.
Emergency workers transported the courier, whose name has not been released, to local hospital where he had surgery for his multiple injuries, Mr. Emmett said. He did not release his condition.
Friday’s robbery is believed to be connected to five previous armored car courier robberies in the past four months within the Metro Atlanta area, Mr. Emmett said. Still, Friday’s shooting is only one in which, a courier was shot.
It’s unclear what prompted the shooting and Mr. Emmett declined to provide any additional comment on the case including why officials believe they are connected.
The previous robberies are as followed:
About 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 7, two Dunbar Armored Car couriers were inside the Mall of Georgia in Gwinnett County servicing an ATM machine when they were robbed. One of the couriers was approached suddenly from behind and forced to the ground by a gunman. The second courier fired at the robber as he was running from the mall through a side door, Mr. Emmett said.
About 9 a.m. on Nov. 29, a Loomis Armored Car courier was robbed at gunpoint while servicing an ATM machine at the Wells Fargo Bank, at 3520 Centerville Hwy. in Snellville. A gunman came up behind the courier, placed a semi automatic handgun to his head and took the money. Witnesses said the robber got into the back seat of a light blue or silver vehicle, described as being possibly a Buick, Oldsmobile, or Jaguar.
On Nov. 11, a Dunbar Armored Car courier was at the Bank of America, at 1500 Buford Hwy in Buford servicing the ATM two gunmen came up behind him. One of the robbers had a gold upper tooth. They fled in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe, which was recovered shortly after the robbery and was determined to have been stolen in Atlanta.
On Sept. 14, a Garda Armored courier was at the Bank of America, at 1775 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta servicing an ATM when two men with semi automatic handguns forced him to the ground. They stole money and the courier’s weapon.
About 1 p.m. on Oct. 7, a Dunbar Armored Car courier had just arrived at the Mex-America Latino store, at 641 South Marietta Pkwy. in Marietta, when two gunmen, one with long black dreadlocks, approached him and robbed him. They had been waiting inside the store for the courier to arrive.
The shooter in Friday’s robbery is described as a black in his 20’s to late 30’s, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, medium build with a little facial hair. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brandishing a black .40-caliber handgun.
Investigators did not have a full description of the driver.
Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the FBI’s Atlanta office at (404) 679-9000.