ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A second man has pleaded guilty in an ATM company robbery in St. Louis last summer, one of the largest heists ever in the city.
Ryechine Money, 32, of St. Louis, was among four gunmen who robbed ATM Solutions of $6.6 million. The amount, cited for the first time, was in court filings.
Money pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to interfering with interstate commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm during the crime, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Sentencing is May 31.
Money, who has a history of misdemeanor convictions and served jail time on felony charges for pointing a gun at a police officer in 1998, spoke just once during Thursday's hearing. "I acted with three other guys and we robbed the ATM Solutions with guns," he said.
As part of the plea he agreed to forfeit $5,250, a 2004 BMW and a pistol.
John Wesley Jones pleaded guilty to the robbery in January. Another man has been named as a suspect but not charged, and police say they know who the fourth robber is, though they provided no details.
The robbery occurred Aug. 2 at ATM Solutions Inc.'s St. Louis office. Four people forced their way into the business and stole money and stamps. The robbers also took firearms from both employees and tied them up, then forced them to help place the money into an ATM Solutions van after deciding there was too much money to put in the car they drove in with.
The stolen van was taken to a home. Some money was hidden in the attic there, some was taken to a storage locker.
The U.S. Attorney's office said that on Aug. 3, Jones put more than $1 million into his Dodge Charger. As he was leaving the driveway, he nearly struck an unmarked police car, then fled. Police gave chase, and Jones eventually crashed. That's when police found the massive amount of money inside the trunk, along with a loaded gun.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mehan said about half the stolen money has been recovered.
Prosecutors have said they were able to match Money's DNA to skin and saliva cells found on items discarded by the robbers, including a black T-shirt found stashed in a barbecue pit outside a car detailing. Another T-shirt discovered there was matched to Jones.
Others not directly involved in the robbery have been charged with crimes related to handling and hiding the stolen money.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
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