This week’s crime in Philadelphia was remarkable because of the tired driver and the large amount of cash in the truck. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the tractor-trailer contained more than $750K in dimes and other coins. According to accounts from the region, the truck driver picked up the cash at the Philadelphia Mint and started driving south.
“This is common practice – to pick up a load going to Florida and go home for the night, get to sleep, and get on the road in the morning,” Capt. Jack Ryan of Philadelphia’s Northeast Detectives told 6ABC.
Bolt cutters were used to unlock its doors. Although the robbers may have known the truck had cash, it’s possible they weren’t prepared for it to be in the form of coins because it’s thought they only made it with $200K, leaving $550K on the street.
Though they were apparently dressed in hoodies and sweatpants, there simply weren’t enough pockets when police were informed that six to 10 young men had been seen participating in the robbery. The thieves seem to have gotten away with the crime since the coins were not marked. – Steve Sijenyi