LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Former GardaWorld armored truck driver Mark Nicholas Espinosa has been indicted by a federal grand jury with five charges related to the theft of more than $900,000 from the vehicle, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
“Mr. Espinosa’s charged conduct demonstrates the same flawed assumption found in Louisville’s violent trigger-pullers and narcotics peddlers, that the rule of law simply does not apply to him/them,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “As in this case, they should expect a wake-up call in 2019. LMPD and the FBI are to be commended for their fine police work here.”
Espinosa is charged with theft from a common carrier, bank robbery, interstate transportation of stolen money, monetary transactions involving stolen money, and money laundering.
According to the five count indictment: On December 5, 2018, Espinosa stole more than $900,000 from a GardaWorld armored truck, including more than $1,000 in cash from the PNC Bank. Espinosa transported the $900,000 in stolen cash and fled to Connecticut, where he was found with $850,000 in cash on January 30, 2019.
On or about December 10, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Espinosa, using the name Sam Smith, purchased a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu for $21,193.28 in cash, using money stolen from the armored truck.
On December 21, 2018, in Middlesex County, Connecticut, Espinosa deposited $3,300 into a Citizens Bank account under the name Sam Smith, using money stolen from the GardaWorld truck.
Espinosa faces no more than 10 years per count for theft from a common carrier, bank robbery, interstate transportation of stolen money, monetary transactions involving stolen money and no more than 20 years for money laundering, in addition to a term of supervised release.
Assistant United States Attorneys David Weiser and Rob Bonar are prosecuting the case which is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Louisville Metro Police Department.