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FBI: Armored car employee robbed Monday at gunpoint

SNELLVILLE — The robbery of an armored car employee Monday morning in Snellville may be connected to a recent series of similar crimes in metro Atlanta, officials said.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Atlanta office, a courier for Loomis Armored Car was reloading an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank at 3520 Centerville Highway on Monday, when a black man approached him and put a semi-automatic handgun to his head at about 9:20 a.m.

The suspect made out with an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen getting into the back seat of a blue or silver vehicle, described as possibly being a “Buick, Oldsmobile or Jaguar,” Special Agent in Charge Brain D. Lamkin said.

Gwinnett police responded to the scene before turning it over to the FBI.

The robber is described as a black man in his late 20s, medium build and wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and black cap.

FBI agents are “comparing the details” of several other armored vehicle robberies in recent months — including another in Gwinnett — to weigh whether they are connected, Lamkin said.

On Nov. 11, a Dunbar Armored courier was robbed by two armed black men while servicing an ATM at the Bank of America at 1500 Buford Highway in Buford. One of the robbers in that case was described as having a gold upper tooth.

The pair left that scene in a Chevrolet Tahoe later determined to have been stolen in Atlanta.

Similar armored car robberies were also reported Sept. 14 at Howell Mill Road in Atlanta and Oct. 7 on South Marietta Parkway in Marietta. Both included two suspects described as black men.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the FBI’s Atlanta office at 404-679-9000.