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Man involved in $578K Greektown heist sentenced

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A man who helped a Loomis employee steal $578,000 from his company’s own armored car outside Greektown Casino was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in prison.

Brandon Allen Jackson, 23, of Detroit was sentenced on one count of bank fraud by U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith after being indicted on multiple charges by a grand jury in Detroit along with co-defendant David Linnell Troupe of Detroit.

Both Jackson and Troupe pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud in case that prosecutors called a “brazen crime in broad day light.”

Prosecutors said Troupe stole the bank-owned cash by impersonating a Loomis Armored Car employee on duty on Nov. 27, 2015, and gaining entry to rear of the truck. Jackson distracted the Loomis driver as part of a plan both men hatched before the incident.

According to Troupe’s plea agreement, Troupe called in sick on the day of the theft.

At 7:58 a.m., the armored car with two messengers and a driver parked outside the casino at 555 E. Lafayette in Detroit to make a delivery to the ATM inside the casino.

After the two messengers entered the casino and the driver stayed inside the car, Jackson engaged the driver in conversation about getting at job at Loomis, prosecutors said. Jackson then entered the casino.

Investigators said that when Troupe approached the Loomis car, he was wearing a navy Loomis jacket, black pants and carrying a red duffle bag and black and white roller bag. Troupe allegedly knocked on the side of the van and told the driver he had grabbed the wrong bag.

The driver, unaware that the person in the Loomis jacket was not one of the messengers on duty that day, allowed Troupe into the rear of the armored car where he took the money and left.

After the theft, Loomis employees called the police. Video surveillance of Troupe was shown to a Loomis supervisor who identified the suspect as Troupe.

At sentencing on Tuesday, Jackson, who has no criminal record, apologized to his family saying “they are the real victims of this crime”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said Jackson and Troupe split the $578,000 and were equals in the crime. After Troupe was caught by the FBI, Jackson fled, she said.

Goldsmith said $161,270 of the money has been recovered which leaves $416,730 missing.

“This could have evolved into a greater tragedy than loss of funds with weapons and the endangerment of people,” Goldsmith said.

According to Johnson’s plea agreement, after splitting the proceeds of the robbery with Troupe, Jackson went to Sandusky, Ohio, where he met up with a female acquaintance.

Jackson paid the female acquaintance $10,000 to drive him to Los Angeles. Jackson showed the female acquaintance a briefcase filled with money from the robbery.

Once in California, the woman allegedly stole $30,000 from Jackson and went back to Ohio.

Jackson remained in California for several months, frequently changing his cellphone number to avoid apprehension by law enforcement.

On March 2, after several months of searching, the FBI finally located and arrested Jackson in a parking lot outside of a Home Depot store in Los Angeles. He was living in his car.

Troupe, who is free on bond, faces 10 years on a single charge of bank fraud.

His attorney, Leon Weiss, said his client has no criminal record and the crime was a momentary lapse of judgment.

Troupe’s sentencing was set for Wednesday but was adjourned late Tuesday. No new date was set.