July 27, 2018 By Tara Law
An armored truck driver from Queens faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly stealing more than $1.6 million in cash from a vehicle in Long Island City that he’d been hired to protect.
The driver, 37-year-old Howard Beach resident Riguerson Avril, allegedly pilfered the funds from a security service truck at GardaWorld’s 45th Avenue facility on July 23, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Avril was arraigned on Wednesday and released under supervision. He was charged with first and second degree grand larceny and first and second degree possession of stolen property.
Avril was caught on surveillance video at 10:00 p.m. taking a bag from a pallet and kicking it under a delivery truck at the 5-26 45th Ave. facility, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office said. The bag allegedly contained $1.6 million.
He then went back for the bag and brought it to the vehicle’s cab, where he covered it with a rain jacket.
He then moved the bag into his personal car, ripped the bag open and put the money in a suitcase. He later gave a friend the suitcase for safekeeping, according to the District Attorney’s office.
All but $10,000 of the stolen cash was later recovered in Philadelphia.