A former employee of an armored cash transport company has been arrested in the theft of more than $1.7 million from an armored vehicle Nov. 5 outside Bally’s Atlantic City, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.
Dante J. McCluney, of Newark, was charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and conspiracy to commit theft. He was ordered held Tuesday at the Atlantic County jail.
At 12:40 p.m. Nov. 5, Atlantic City police arrived at Bally’s for the reported theft of $1.76 million from an armored vehicle owned by Rapid Armored Corp., Tyner said. Video surveillance from Bally’s showed three male suspects access the armored vehicle and remove suspected bags of U.S. currency. The suspects then entered a gray Hyundai sedan and departed the area.
McCluney was previously employed by RAC as an armed guard. He worked a route that serviced Bally’s and became familiar with its timing and procedures, Tyner said. Two employees of RAC identified McCluney from surveillance footage obtained from the Boardwalk just prior to the theft.
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McCluney and the two other males can be seen in surveillance footage arriving near Bally’s in the gray Hyundai, parking near the armored vehicle, then exiting on foot, Tyner said. The three remained on foot in the area of the armored vehicle until about 12:10 p.m., when they approached the vehicle and committed the theft.
Investigators are still looking for the other two suspects.
“This was a brazen burglary of an armored car on a public street in broad daylight. Out of all the crimes I’ve seen committed in Atlantic County during my tenure, this incident harkened back to something out of the 1930s,” Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement.
The Atlantic and Essex county prosecutor’s offices, Atlantic City police, Newark police and the FBI’s Atlantic City office participated in the investigation.
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