Guards Killed In Armored Car Robbery

Thursday, October 4th 2007, 9:40 am
By: News On 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A group trying to rob an armored car outside a bank opened fire early Thursday, killing two armored car guards and wounding a third, Philadelphia police said.

The four suspects, two men and two women, attacked the Loomis armored car guards outside a Wachovia bank just after 8 a.m., Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Vanore said. They fled and remained at large.

Two guards were killed in the shootings, police said. A third, the driver, who was inside the vehicle, appeared to have been grazed by shattered glass as the robbers tried to shoot through the armored car, said Mark Clark, a Loomis spokesman.

A short time after the shootings, police recovered a black duffel bag filled with cash behind the Turf Club, an off-track betting parlor behind the bank, Philadelphia Police Officer Raul Malveiro said.

All three Loomis guards were armed, Loomis spokesman Mark Clark said. But police could not say if they had returned fire.

Entrances to and from the mall complex where the bank is located were shut down and police were stopping motorists leaving the area.