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Plot to rob armored truck is a flop

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times,
published December 13, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG -- At least two armed men tried to rob a Brinks armored truck Wednesday after couriers arrived at a downtown bank.

No one was hurt, and no money was taken during the 1:10 p.m. delivery/pick-up at First Union, 31 Fourth St. S, police said.

Rick Stelljes, police spokesman, said the Brinks truck pulled up and three employees began unloading coins on the east side of Fourth Street S. A white van pulled up, and two men jumped out and ordered the armed couriers to the pavement.

Witnesses told police the unknown suspects, described as two black men wearing masks and dark jumpsuits, carried weapons that resembled machine guns.

When the suspects realized there was no cash in the armored truck, they left, heading south on Fourth Street.

"They were probably looking for the mother lode," Stelljes said.

The suspects abandoned the van, which police say was stolen, several blocks away. No arrests were made.

Police asked anyone with information to call Detective Steve Corbet at 893-7252.

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