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Nation IN BRIEF : NORTH CAROLINA

FBI Finds Loot in Heist From Vault

September 19, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The FBI recovered as much as $18 million that was stolen six months ago in one of the biggest heists in U.S. history. A paper trail that began in a trash bin in Asheville, N.C., and led agents to Mexico City ended at a small rental storage unit in Mountain Home, N.C., where former armored car driver Philip Noel Johnson allegedly stashed millions from the March 29 heist. More than $18.8 million was taken from an armored car vault in Jacksonville, Fla., authorities said. Johnson, 33, a former driver for Loomis, Fargo & Co. armored car company, was arrested Aug. 30 as he crossed into the United States from Mexico on a bus headed for Houston.

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