Armoured truck security guard on the run after killing partner, stealing $2 million www.privateofficer.com
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Pittsburgh PA March 2 2012 An armoured truck security guard is on the run after allegedly shooting his partner in the head and vanishing with more than $2million in cash.
Kenneth Konias Jr, 22, is accused of killing Michael Haines, 31, in the back of the truck after the men, both Garda Cash Logistics guards, had made several stops to collect money.
Haines was discovered dead in the truck when it was found idling under a bridge in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon.
‘This is a premeditated murder,’ Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told Wpxi.com.
‘Our belief is that he planned to rob the company and if he had to kill the guard then he planned to do that. He shot the guy from close range in the back of the head to accomplish the robbery. That’s pretty cold.’
The truck had picked up money from the Rivers Casino shortly before 9am that day and was found about 3.40pm, after the guards had made several stops elsewhere, police said.
Pittsburgh police major crimes Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki told The Associated Press that surveillance video from the area shows the truck had been parked under the bridge since shortly before 1.30pm that day.
‘There’s a time lapse from when the truck was parked’ until it was found, Stangrecki said. ‘He must have gone to the company parking lot where his car, his Ford Explorer, was parked, and got there and left the area.’
Homicide detectives went to the address where Konias lived with his parents in Dravosburg and found his bloody uniform jacket in his bedroom.
Stangrecki said Konias’ family is cooperating with the investigation and had not been aware of the robbery.
‘We know that he returned to his family’s home, left the jacket and left the house,’ Stangrecki said. ‘He may have come home normally from work like he always does. And he hasn’t been seen since.’
So far, police don’t believe Konias had any help.
‘At this point, no, it looks like he’s the brains behind this incident,’ Stangrecki said.
The police report shows that Konias called a friend after the alleged shooting, reports Wpxi.com.
He said, ‘I f***ked up. My life is over.’
He allegedly told the friend he had killed someone and that he had enough money to live on for the rest of his life.
The FBI was also investigating, and is still auditing the exact amount of money taken from the truck.
Garda officials have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and released a statement saying company officials are ‘shocked and deeply saddened at the death of our colleague and extend our condolences to his family.
‘We are continuing to assist law enforcement it its investigation of this incident.’
Stangrecki said investigators notified Pittsburgh International Airport and officials at various transportation agencies as well as U.S. border authorities to be alert for Konias in the nationwide manhunt.
Authorities believe Konias may have two guns – his service pistol and another hand gun, and Zappala told reporters, ‘We are trying to stress how dangerous this individual is.’
‘We want everybody looking for him.’
Police said he is driving a tan Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania license plate number GZW-4572.
PITTSBURGH PA FEB 29 2012 An armed security guard was shot to death inside his armored vehicle in the Strip District on Tuesday, and Pittsburgh police were searching for his partner who they said fled the scene.
Fellow employees of Garda Cash Logistics discovered the guard, Michael Haines, 31, of East McKeesport, dead of a gunshot wound to the back of the head inside the cargo area of the vehicle, which had stopped near a railroad crossing below the 31st Street Bridge. Police said the truck had been robbed but they would not say how much money had been taken.
Mr. Haines’ partner, Kenneth John Konias Jr., 22, of Dravosburg was missing for reasons that were not immediately clear, said Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki of the city’s major crimes division, whose robbery and homicide detectives flooded the area.
The commander said Mr. Konias may be armed with two semi-automatic pistols, but he did not say whether police believe either of them was the murder weapon.
Garda employees had spotted the vehicle under the bridge earlier but became concerned about 3:45 p.m., police said. They were calling 911 when a police detective who happened to be in the area came to their assistance.
Cmdr. Stangrecki said the truck had likely been idling for several hours underneath the bridge, which is just two blocks away from the Garda office on 33rd Street, before Mr. Haines’ body was found.
Emergency dispatchers told area police officers to be on the lookout for a tan Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania license plate GZW-4572 that detectives believe Mr. Konias was driving.
Officers searched for him at his home in Dravosburg to no avail. The FBI and other agencies were helping in the hunt.
A search of court records showed only a smattering of traffic and motor vehicle citations in Mr. Konias’ past. A woman who answered the phone at his parents’ home declined to comment. No charges had been filed in the slaying as of late Tuesday.
“We’re shocked at this news, and we’re fully cooperating with authorities,” said Joe Gavaghan, director of corporate communications for Garda, which is based in Boca Raton, Fla., and transports large amounts of cash between banks and businesses throughout the country.