Temple Hills Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Steal $588,000 from an Armored Car

October 27, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - Edward Lewis Mayo, age 32 of Temple Hills, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bank larceny in connection with a scheme to steal over $588,000 from an armored car, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the statement of facts, on June 29, 2008, Mayo met with two conspirators to discuss and plan the best way to steal money from an armored van belonging to a company that served banks and financial institutions by delivering and replenishing Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) with cash. At the time, one of the conspirators worked as an ATM technician for the company. The following weekend, on July 5, 2008, one of the conspirators stole $588,000 from the van driven by the company employee. The company employee spoke with police investigators and lied to them about his knowledge of the stolen money’s whereabouts and the circumstances of the theft.

Later that day Mayo met with the company employee and advised him that the co-conspirator who had taken the money from the van had kept a portion of the cash for himself and given the rest to Mayo, to share with the employee. Believing that the police would find the money, Mayo and the employee contacted another individual, who agreed to hide the money, eventually burying two bags containing $103,780 and $220,980, respectively, in two separate places in a wooded area in Temple Hills.

Mayo faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for January 9, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Montgomery County Police Department, and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and his office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Robert K. Hur, who is prosecuting the case.



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