FBI: Brinks driver arrested for stealing $3.2M

Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 09:48:11-05

SAN DIEGO -- An armored truck driver was arrested by federal agents in San Diego and faces charges for the New Years Day robbery of $3.2 million from a Brinks truck in Miami, FBI agents said Sunday.

Agents arrested Jose Agurto, 37, of Miami, on Saturday without incident, said Darrell Foxworth, special FBI agent. And the money was recovered, he said.

The FBI did not say exactly where in San Diego Agurto was arrested or when he arrived in the city.

Agurto was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center, and was expected to have an initial appearance on Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in San Diego, Foxworth said.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court and signed by FBI Special Agent Refina Willis, Agurto's identity was confirmed from video footage by another employee who worked with him.

Agurto was a route logistics manager for Brinks, and at 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 1 in he entered the cash logistics inventory location at a Brinks office in Miami and released the only other Brinks employee present that day from duty, Willis said.

Surveillance videos show Arguto removing two bags of money belonging to BB&T Bank -- containing $100 bills worth $3.2 million -- from the vault, Willis said.

Agurto placed the bags into two boxes, put them into a four-door Volkswagen and left a short time later, Willis said.

Agurto returned to the Brinks office to finish the end of his shift, but before leaving, he left a resignation letter and his gun on a desk.