Washington DC May 4 2011 The driver of an armored car was sentenced to six years and eight months in federal prison Monday for her insider’s role in what authorities have described as a brazen midday robbery that briefly netted her and two accomplices more than $700,000.
Prosecutors said that Tyronda Ferrell, 23, of Hyattsville, was a guard and driver for Brink’s Inc. last year when she began to help plot the robbery of one of the company’s armored cars.
The heist took place on Sept. 2, 2010, when Ferrell and another guard were protecting an armored car she pulled into a restaurant parking lot in the 4000 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE, prosecutors said.
When the other guard got out of the car, prosecutors said, he was approached by David Reddix, 23, and Richard Lee, 32, both accomplices to the robbery plot.
Reddix, wearing a mask, brandished what seemed like a black pistol — it was later determined to be a pellet gun — and ordered the guard to open the door to the truck and fill a duffel bag with cash. Reddix and Lee later escaped with $721,309 and the guard’s handgun.
Ferrell, Reddix and Lee were supposed to meet up that night to split their haul, but Ferrell was arrested that same day, authorities said. Reddix and Lee were arrested soon thereafter.
Authorities have recovered $373,470of the stolen money. The guard’s gun is also still missing, prosecutors said.
Like Ferrell, Reddix and Lee both pleaded guilty to armored car robbery. They still await sentencing before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle.