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Stolen millions in armored car heist found

September 18, 1997
Web posted at: 3:45 p.m. EDT (1945 GMT)

MOUNTAIN HOME, North Carolina (CNN) -- Millions of dollars stolen in the largest armored car heist in U.S. history have been found in a storage rental unit here, the FBI said Thursday.

Mountain Home is about 15 miles south of Asheville where the armored car, stolen March 29 in Jacksonville, Florida, had been abandoned.

More than $18.8 million was taken in the heist. Authorities have not yet totaled the amount of their find but said the "bags of cash" would add up to millions. The FBI did not say what led them to the money.

A suspect in the robbery, Philip Noel Johnson, was arrested August 30 as he crossed into the United States from Mexico on a bus headed for Houston.

Johnson, 33, is a former driver for Loomis, Fargo and Co. armored car company.

 
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