ST. PAUL (WCCO) — It was still dark at 5:40 a.m. Friday morning when a Dunbar armored truck pulled into a SuperAmerica gas station at the corner of Lexington Parkway and Energy Park Drive. An armed guard and the truck’s driver were making the early morning stop to fill the store’s Wells Fargo ATM with cash for the weekend.
St. Paul police officer John Keating explains, “He (the Dunbar armed guard) was inside the SuperAmerica filling the ATM when a man approached him and pulled a gun.”
The store’s surveillance cameras snapped multiple images as the robber entered the store. Seconds later, he turned to his left and observed the armed guard kneeling on the floor with the ATM’s front panel open, as he prepared to load it with thousands of dollars stacked inside a large steel box.
With his gun aimed at the guard the robber engaged in a brief struggle. After stripping the guard’s handgun, the robber grabbed the cash box and left the store, pointing his pistol at those inside. Based on the times attached to each surveillance photograph, the brazen robbery happened in just over one minute.
Officer Keating adds that “the armored car driver was not injured and there were no shots fired.”
While the FBI won’t confirm how much cash was stolen, initial police reports from the scene estimate it could be as much as $70,000.
After grabbing the cash box and fleeing the store, the gunman who was dressed in black and wearing a stocking cap, drove away in a 2005 to 2010 black, sports utility type vehicle.
It’s unclear if the other Dunbar guard who was inside the armored truck was aware of what was taking place with his partner. Company policy requires the second guard to maintain the security of the vehicle at all times.
According to FBI Special Agent, Kyle Loven, “the other member of the armored car company was in the driver’s seat in the vehicle and was not part of the servicing the ATM.”
The FBI’s Loven hopes the clarity of the surveillance images will lead to a quick arrest of the suspect. The FBI is asking anyone with information to call (612) 376-3200.
In addition, Dunbar Armored Inc. is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the man responsible.
SLIDESHOW: FBI Releases Surveillance Images Of Robbery