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Suspected In $17 Million Heist, Armored Car Driver Arrested At Resort In Mexico

Tue., March 3, 1998

After a five-month manhunt, an armored car driver suspected of stealing $17 million from his company’s vault was in custody Monday after being captured at a Mexican resort.

David Scott Ghantt, 28, was arrested Sunday at Playa de Carmen, Mexico, near the island resort of Cozumel, FBI spokesman William Perry said.

On Monday, he was returned to Charlotte, where he is charged with stealing a van stuffed with cash from the vault at Loomis, Fargo & Co. in Charlotte. The company reported the theft Oct. 5.

The van was later found with $3 million in it, but the rest of the money is still missing.

Also Monday, six people accused of plotting the heist and helping Ghantt flee were arrested in North Carolina.

They were identified as Steve and Michelle Chambers; Kelly Jane Campbell; Michael L. McKinney; Thomas Nathan Grant; and Eric Haley Payne.

All are charged with aiding, abetting and counseling the commission of a bank larceny and being accessories after the fact and hindering Ghantt’s apprehension. They were ordered held without bail Monday until a hearing on Thursday.


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