A Wells Fargo employee charged with the theft of some $2.5 million from an armored car was a clean-cut, trustworthy employee, a fellow guard said.
The man - Jared Layne Gray, 26, Murray - was still at large Monday, more than three days after the theft.Scott Redford, one of two men locked in the armored truck during the theft, said Gray, a Wells Fargo employee for 11/2 years, was "the last person you'd ever imagine" to be involved in such an incident.
U.S. Magistrate Ronald N. Boyce issued an arrest warrant Friday for Gray, the driver of the truck en route from Boise to Salt Lake City.
A Wells Fargo security official said $2.5 million was stolen from the truck Thursday while it was stopped at a gas station off I-15 near Corinne, Box Elder County, according to an affidavit signed by FBI agent Don Kirby.
The affidavit said that Gray had implicated himself in the armored truck robbery during a phone call to his brother in which Gray said he was "sorry to embarrass the family."
Gray had worked with Redford on the same route for 11/2 years and had a "good rapport" with Wells Fargo officials, establishing a record of trustworthiness and responsibility at the armored truck service, Redford said.
"The ones that can't be trusted can't work too long," at Wells Fargo, Redford said, adding that the company conducts background checks on employees, who can not have a rec-ord of even minor arrests.
"He's not a stupid person; he's a very intelligent person," Redford said of Gray. "You've got to be sharp and on the ball."
Redford would not discuss the armored truck's route, but an FBI agent also said that Redford, Neilson and Gray were collecting Idaho bank money for armored truck delivery to the Federal Reserve Bank in Salt Lake City.
Gray was driving while the others slept in the truck's bunks, the agent said. Redford told the FBI he heard someone enter the money compartment after the truck stopped about 6:30 p.m., the agent said.
Redford told the Deseret News that he tried to leave the truck, but was surprised to find out he and his partner were locked inside, apparently by a piece of wood wedged between the door and its handle.
"It hit me pretty quick that something wasn't right," he said.
Redford peered through a glass window into the money compartment where the money was stored but could not enter the area because Gray was the only guard with keys to the compartment.
After a gas station employee freed the two, Redford said he was "almost flying" as he leaped from the truck to see what was amiss.
"I don't think my feet ever touched the ground," he said.
"My initial thought was he's been abducted; my first concern was what happened to Jared," Redford said.
"Has my partner been abducted, has he been shot?" Redford said he asked himself.
Redford said he ran into the gas station and questioned a clerk and a bartender at the nearby tavern and then called Wells Fargo authorities and local law enforcement personnel.
Asked if he or his partner were negligent, Redford said, "no, not in any way. Of course, there are a million things that could have happened."
Gray is a well-groomed man who was wearing a mustache, Redford said, contrary to published pictures of the suspect, which Redford said make Gray look like a "fugitive."
Redford did not want his whereabouts revealed in the media or his current relationship with Wells Fargo discussed.
"A guy (the suspect) with that kind of money may want to eliminate his witnesses," he said.