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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Armored car heists may be related

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

The FBI is investigating whether the men charged in a disrupted February armored car robbery may have committed a string of similar crimes.

Three men were arrested Feb. 12 in Northeast D.C. as they approached a Brink's Inc. truck while carrying an AK-47 and two handguns.

It was the 12th robbery or attempted robbery of an armored car in the District in the last 11 months.

Ronald T. Hosko, special agent in charge of the criminal division for the FBI's Washington Field Office, said he sees commonalities in some of the cases in "language, how a gun was used or displayed and the avenue of escape."

"I see a similar modus operandi," Hosko said. "There's a possibility these guys are responsible for others. We're not done with this case, far from it."

Hosko said armored car robberies are a priority for the FBI several reasons, including that the drivers are armed, increasing the chance of gunfire.

"You're coming to a potential gunfight every time," he said.

By Allison Klein  | February 22, 2011; 11:58 AM ET
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It was a "tip" that lead you to the 3 fools that got locked up and now it will be the same "tip" who cuts a deal with you and tells everything. So just come clean F.B.I. and say that you will be charging these fools with multiple armor car thefts.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 22, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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