Police continue to scour the countryside in search of an armored car security guard believed to have stolen $2.5 million in cash belonging to the Federal Reserve Bank during a bizarre robbery Thursday night.
U.S. Magistrate Ronald N. Boyce has issued an arrest warrant for Jared Layne Gray, 26, Murray, based on felony information filed late Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court.However, Gray's whereabouts are still unknown, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Lambert.
Gray is charged with three felony counts: theft by an agent of the federal reserve bank, theft of bank funds, and theft from an interstate shipment.
An affidavit signed by FBI agent Don E. Kirby, states that a Wells Fargo security official said that $2.52 million was stolen about 6:30 p.m. Thursday from one of its armored trucks while it was stopped at a Texaco gas station just off I-15, near Corinne, Box Elder County. The truck was en route from Boise to Salt Lake City.
The affidavit goes on to state that FBI Agent John Hains told Kirby that he interviewed Farrell Gray, the brother of Jared Gray. Farrell Gray said he received a phone call from his brother in which the brother implicated himself in the armored car robbery. Farrell Gray said his brother told him he was unharmed, but "sorry to embarrass the family."
Kirby said Wells Fargo employee Scott Redford said Friday that he (Redford), Dale Neilson and Jared Gray were in the armored car together collecting money from banks in Idaho for delivery to the Federal Reserve in Salt Lake City.
Gray was apparently driving while the other two guards slept on the truck's bunks. Redford said he felt the truck pull off the freeway and heard Gray get out. He then heard someone enter the rear compartment where the money is locked. Redford said after about 15 or 20 minutes, he got up and attempted to locate Gray. He couldn't see him, and when he tried to leave the truck, "he found that the doors were jammed shut, and he could not get out," the affidavit reads.
Joe Roper, an employee at the Texaco station, said someone inside the armored car "beeped" its horn, and another employee, Tim Facer, went out to see what was happening. The driver reportedly pointed to a wedge of wood that had jammed the door shut.
Roper said Facer removed the wood, and one of the guards exited the vehicle and asked Facer if he'd seen anyone suspicious around. The guard then walked though the service station looking for Gray. When he was unable to locate him, he notified the Wells Fargo home office and police.
Box Elder County Sheriff's Detective Kenny Adams said a pickup owned by the suspect was found along Brigham City's Main Street at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Gray is described as 6 foot 1, 220 to 230 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.