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Thu Oct 8, 2015, 06:25 AM

FBI digs up $600,000 from California yard of former armored truck driver

Source: Reuters

US | Thu Oct 8, 2015 2:49am EDT

FBI digs up $600,000 from California yard of former armored truck driver

LOS ANGELES | BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE

Federal agents dug up about $600,000 buried in the backyard of a Los Angeles-area home once occupied by a former armored truck driver who has admitted to helping steal more than $1 million, federal law enforcement said on Wednesday.

The money, in denominations of $100 and $20 and contained in plastic containers, was excavated from beneath a patch of trees in the former home of Cesar Yanez, in Fontana, east of Los Angeles, the FBI said.

Yanez pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank robbery in connection with the 2014 heist of an armored car, the FBI said. He was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.

Yanez and another armored truck driver, Aldo Esquivel Vega, of Pomona, California, were transporting a large shipment of cash for Bank of America in June, 2014, when they stopped in a Los Angeles parking lot and electronically opened the doors, according to federal officials.

More than $1 million was removed and ferried off in a trash can, authorities have said.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/08/us-usa-california-heist-idUSKCN0S209R20151008

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