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Reward Offered in $20-Million Robbery

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A $500,000 reward was offered in the search for an armored-car driver accused of overpowering two co-workers and fleeing with up to $20 million in one of the largest armored-car robberies in U.S. history. Philip Noel Johnson, 33, was being sought on a state warrant for armed robbery and kidnapping and a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the Saturday night robbery at the Jacksonville, Fla., Loomis Fargo office. Driver Dan Smith, 27, said Johnson abducted him and drove him in the Loomis van to western North Carolina, where he chained him to a tree. Another driver, James Brown, 52, was found handcuffed to a pipe in Johnson’s home.


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