Southfield man to be arraigned in armored car theft

The Detroit News

Detroit — A 33-year-old Southfield man accused of swiping a bag containing $20,000 from an armored truck company has been charged in the matter.

The suspect, Charles Samuel Stewart, was arrested by Detroit police on Tuesday in the 2100 block of Rosa Parks.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Stewart was employed by the Total Armored Truck Co. and took the bag to his work truck and then took the money to his personal vehicle without permission.

The theft was immediately discovered by employees of the company, prosecutors said.

The headquarters for Total Armored is in the 2900 block of Rosa Parks.

Stewart has been charged with embezzlement more than $20,000, larceny by conversion of $20,000 or more, larceny of $20,000 or more, receiving and concealing stolen property more than $20,000, larceny in a building and felony firearm.

He is expected to be arraigned Friday morning in 36thDistrict Court.

Police and federal agents, meanwhile, are still on the hunt for a man who brazenly stole more than $500,000 from a Loomis armored truck outside of the Greektown casino at about 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Both the Detroit Police Department and the FBI have stated that the arrest Tuesday evening is separate from the theft of more than $500,000 from an armored car outside of the Greektown Casino.

“The arrest by the Detroit Police Department is unrelated to the robbery of a Loomis armored car outside of the Greektown Casino,” FBI spokeswoman Jill Washburn said Wednesday.

According to Washburn, the Greektown robbery remains open and is being worked by the violent crimes task force.

“The person arrested Tuesday night was an employee of the Total Armored Car company,” Moreno. “He was not the person who walked up to the armored truck outside the Greektown casino and robbed it last week.”

The man, who was dressed as a security guard Friday, took sacks of cash from the truck and then fled the area. No one was injured in the theft.

Anyone with information about Friday’s robbery is asked to call the Detroit office of the FBI at (313) 965-2323.