Police searching for 2 suspects who robbed armored car in Overland
OVERLAND, Mo. (KMOV) - Police are searching for two suspects who they say robbed an armored car outside a grocery store in Overland Friday.
The robbery happened just before 10:00 a.m. outside a Save-A-Lot on Midland near Woodson. Police say two suspects pointed a gun at the driver of a Loomis Truck and got away in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with a bag of cash. The Jeep bears license plate number CW6-W5E and was last seen heading south on Woodson.
“This is the first time that I’ve seen something like this. I’m surprised,” Maria de los Angeles Moreno Montiel told News 4 in Spanish.
Montiel was planning on shopping at the store, but it was closed for a couple hours while police continued to investigate the crime scene.
“Thankfully, I wasn’t here earlier,” she said.
Former Save a Lot employee Arey Schifferdecker came to check on a friend who was at the time the robbery took place.
“He called me and said the Loomis guy got robbed, and he said he saw a car pull up right behind the Loomis guy and a guy jumped out and they had guns,” said Schifferdecker.
Overland police believe suspects in the Jeep followed the Loomis truck to the store, and the two people who got out of the car were wearing black ski masks and gloves. At least one was wearing a bullet proof vest.
The suspects took the Loomis driver’s gun while his back turned away from the parking lot. After grabbing the bag of cash from him, one thief tripped and dropped a long gun before getting back in the Jeep.
A third person was driving the Jeep when the suspects got away. Police also tell News 4 while they cannot yet confirm whether or not the Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen, they do know that it was improperly registered.
While workers and shoppers are relieved no one was hurt in this robbery incident, this is not the first time workers have raised safety concerns.
“A lady just came up here with a knife the other day and got arrested and a guy had come with a hatchet before and got caught stealing,” said Schifferdecker. “So, theft happens a lot here, but I never thought anything like this would happen.”
Overland police tell News 4 they have responded to incidents at this same Save a Lot location in the past, but they were not able to share specific data and information as of Friday afternoon.
“This is a really busy store. This is the busiest Save a Lot around, so I don’t know what can be done,” said Schifferdecker.
Loomis has not returned News 4 request for comment.
A spokesperson for Save a Lot issued the following statement in response to today’s incident:
“We are aware of an incident that happened in the parking lot of our Overland store. Fortunately, no one was injured. We are continuing to work closely with local authorities. The store is open and ready to continue serving the Overland and surrounding communities.”
The FBI is also assisting Overland Police in this investigation. Anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call the Overland Police Department.
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