WASHINGTON — Two armored truck security guards depositing money at an ATM in Beltsville, Maryland, were robbed at gunpoint on Friday and detectives have now released the surveillance video.
Police say the robbery took place last Friday around 10:30 a.m. in the 10600 block of Baltimore Avenue at an ATM outside a bank.
“This was obviously a brazen robbery in the middle of the day,” Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said in a Friday news conference.
“We have not seen a case like this in a long time … We’re down right now 20 percent on commercial robberies. We’re down 6 percent in violent crimes, 35 percent in bank robberies,” Donelan said.
She also said there was a third security guard in the armored truck who was able to set off his alarm. Customers and employees in the nearby bank witnessed what happened and set off alarms, too, police said.
“We did have officers or police stations not too far from here, around the corner. We got here within a few minutes,” Deputy Chief Sammy Patel said in the news conference.
The getaway van was discovered right across the street not long after, but Donelan said that, at the time of the video, police believed the suspects were no longer in the area.
“[Our detectives] have a 75 percent closure rate … These suspects need to know that,” she said.
A cash reward is being offered for information in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online to their website.
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