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Posted on: March 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Inside job: driver, suspected robber arrested after Brink’s armored truck hold-up


NORFOLK, Va. (NPD) – Robbery detectives say two people have been arrested in connection with Tuesday’s robbery of a Brink’s armored truck, which was determined to be an inside job.

The staged robbery occurred just after 11 a.m. in the 7600 block of Granby Street. The Brink’s employee told detectives that a man wearing a black motorcycle helmet robbed him at gunpoint and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

An extensive investigation was launched by robbery and fugitive detectives in partnership with the FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

A robbery detective said, “Upon investigating all the facts and circumstances of this case, we were able to determine that the original victim, the Brink’s employee, was actually an accomplice and helped devised the fake robbery, with an acquaintance, to conceal the stealing of a large amount of cash.”

Brink’s employee Joshua Mercado, 26, of the 300 block of Coventry Close in Chesapeake, has been charged with
grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, embezzlement, conspiracy to commit embezzlement, and Obstruction of Justice: false police report.

Keith Doughty, 26, of the 10 block of Upton Circle in Chesapeake, has been charged with robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, wearing a mask, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, embezzlement, and conspiracy to commit embezzlement.

Both men are currently being held in the Norfolk City Jail held without bond.

Detectives have not stated how much money was taken in the robbery, or whether if the money has been recovered. 

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