Shots fired in armored car robbery

August 10, 2009 3:54:33 PM PDT
It was a wild scene in South Philadelphia after the robbery of an armored car. It happened at 10th and Catharine Streets shortly before Noon. A man with a gun robbed a BRINKS truck and the guard fired a shot right on the street outside the Conestoga Bank.

A father and son first noticed a man walking toward that bank and a BRINKS armored truck.

"I was sitting down there on the step, um working with my dad today and saw this gentleman walk by me, walking towards the bank," said Dillon Cestroni.

"The next thing you know there's uh heard a shot and here he tried to hold up the armored truck," said Rocky Cestroni.

According to police the BRINKS guard was in the midst of delivering heavy boxes of coins to the bank when the assailant flashed a gun and made a grab.

"Announced the robbery at least one of the boxes was taken by the male initially and then dropped halfway down the block. During the course of the robbery the BRINKS driver did discharge a firearm at least one time in the direction of the male. It's unknown at this point if the male was hit," said Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Yellow markers were placed next to the box of coins that crashed to the sidewalk it appears to be pennies. The assailant ran North on 10th Street. It's believed he was wearing dark, long sleeved clothing with a dark hat.

"What was described as a black male, 25 to 30-years-old, 5'7" to 5'8" tall, thin build with a long beard," said J.J. Klaver of the FBI.

A fleeing man matching that description was seen by one young man on 11st Street.

"All I saw was him running, him running down the street and jump into the vehicle."

The vehicle is described as a burgundy SUV possibly a GMC or Chevrolet.