A former armored car driver accused of stealing $17 million last year says he can't afford a lawyer.

David Scott Ghantt, 28, was captured Sunday near the Mexican island resort of Cozumel and brought back to Charlotte to face charges in one of the biggest armored car heists in U.S. history.About $14 million is still missing from the van-load of cash, stolen last fall from a Loomis, Fargo and Co. warehouse. Federal agents said they are trying to locate the money in North Carolina. "We're searching safety deposit boxes today," FBI spokesman Bob Wanamaker said.

Ghantt claims he doesn't have any money.

"Are you telling this court you have no cash at no place under your control?" U.S. Magistrate Carl Horn asked Ghantt, accused in one of the biggest armored car heists in U.S. history.

"Yes, sir," Ghantt replied.

Seven other people from North Carolina - including another former Loomis employee - were arrested as accomplices.

All eight were jailed without bail pending a hearing Thursday. The magistrate agreed to their requests for court-appointed attorneys.

According to court papers, an informant tipped off authorities to the sudden wealth displayed by two of the alleged accomplices. Within about three weeks of the heist, one went from a mobile home to a $635,000 house, and his wife got breast implants and bought a BMW sports car for cash.