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Man Posing As Armored Car Driver Steals $75K From Walmart

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A man posing as a security guard reportedly managed to steal $75,000 from an Oklahoma Walmart and go completely unnoticed until the real security guards showed up later in the day to transport the money. 

The suspect reportedly walked into a Bristow Walmart dressed similarly to an armored truck employee for the company Loomis. He went right into the cash office, signed a deposit slip, and took $75,000 in cash, Reuters reported.

Police were called to the scene after actual Loomis security arrived less than an hour later and realized the cash was already gone.

Local authorities and the FBI subsequently launched a search for the suspect. Video surveillance showed him driving off in a black Chevrolet Malibu with the money.

A NewsOK report on the incident revealed that it was the manager of the Walmart who allegedly conspired with the suspect to pull off the heist. Rico Robertson, 43, and his 21-year-old stepdaughter reportedly plotted the heist with the suspect and were ultimately arrested. Both were charged with felony grand larceny. Robertson’s stepdaughter, Mariah Bustamonte, was allegedly paid $900 to drive the getaway vehicle. 

The man who posed as the security guard was reportedly never identified.

"It's definitely one of the stranger cases I've worked in my law enforcement career," Bristow police detective Kevin Webster said, according to NewsOK. 

The incident, which occurred in 2015, recently went viral on Reddit — with many theorizing about whether or not the suspect who actually stole the money was guilty of robbery. 

“I am curious," one Redditor wrote on June 13. "If his clothes were legally distinct from copyright violation and he made no violent threats, had no weapon and didn't identify himself as from a specific there a point where they just screwed up and gave it to the wrong person? Extreme case: if I walk in off the street in jeans and a T shirt and they give me money am I really the one in the wrong?”

“You commit fraud by attempting to trick them into giving it to you, you lose all deniability as soon as you sign the paperwork,” another responded.

Sources: Reuters via Business Insider, NewsOK, Reddit / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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