Three men are on the run after stealing $300,000 from an armored truck in Brooklyn.
The New York Post reports the incident took place in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood on Friday afternoon. According to the NYPD, a Brinks truck driver was making a delivery at Chase Bank at 5423 Eighth Ave. around 1 p.m, when two of the suspects asked the Brinks employee for directions. A third individual used the distraction to steal the bag of cash sitting on the bumper of the armored truck.
“While the employee was distracted, another unknown individual quickly removed a bag that was left unattended on the bumper of the armored Brink’s truck and fled the scene on foot,” police told the outlet.
“They just distracted him while talking to him,” the spokesperson added. “It was a crime of opportunity. Someone saw an opportunity.”
Police say the crooks took off with $300,000 in cash. The driver told authorities that all three suspects were wearing black winter hats and black jackets. He also described each man as having a “medium build.”
“We can confirm there was an incident involving a Brink’s crew in Brooklyn on Friday and we are working with law enforcement,” the armored-truck company said in a statement Sunday. “At this time, we don’t have any further information to share.”
The police department is asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).