Burglary of armored car company foiled by alert officer

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

$2M Hicksville Armored Car Co. Heist Busted, Cops Say.

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A group of sophisticated burglars penetrated a vault at an armored car company on Long Island and nearly made off with $1.8 million, but their escape was foiled by an alert policeman on patrol near the remote office park, officials said Thursday. LONG ISLAND, NY – The Nassau County Major Case Bureau has arrested a Brentwood man for a Commercial Burglary which occurred on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 10:20 P.M. in Hicksville. Edgar Medina, 53, of Brentwood, was charged with burglary, grand larceny and possession of burglars’ tools in connection with the Aug. 16 break-in at the Loomis Armored Inc. warehouse in Hicksville. Up to four other suspects are being sought. “This was an extremely sophisticated burglary,” Nassau County’s acting police commissioner Thomas Krumpter said at a news conference. “This is a hardened property that is designed to secure large amounts of currency.” Medina and between two and four other suspects, who police are now trying to find, were caught on video before they allegedly broke through a concrete wall and into the company’s vault, police said.

Chief of Detectives Kevin Smith said Medina spotted the officer coming and then “appears to throw something in the trunk and slam the trunk.” Medina sped off, leading the officer on a brief pursuit before he was stopped a few blocks away, police said. The investigation is continuing and detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. Investigators released photos of tools—including a sledge hammer, vehicle jack, crowbars and a cart—they said the crew used to penetrate the hardened facility, which authorities said had $20 million in its safe at the time of the break-in.

Additional officers found a substantial hole in the wall and video surveillance shows the suspects, all wearing masks, tampering with wiring that control’s the building’s alarm, Smith said. He said the masked crew was caught on surveillance video and “did everything they could to foil the recovery of any evidence.” Police neither have a description of the other suspects nor do they know how the burglars fled. If they were successful, it would have eclipsed the infamous Lufthansa heist in which mobsters allegedly stole about $6 million in cash and jewels from a terminal at John F. That case, which was planned in Bellmore, resulted in arrests just last year—35 years later. “It’s clear this burglary was interrupted,” Krumpter said. “This burglary was ongoing when police interrupted the commission of this crime.

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