Saturday, March 11, 2017

R.I. state police capture armored car robbery suspect within minutes of heist

RI State Police Allege: Robber Grabbed Bag of Money From Armored Car

PROVIDENCE RI March 11 2017 — A suspect robbed an armored car Thursday morning at Twin River Casino, but state police followed that car to Providence and arrested him moments later.
Marvin Boja, 30, of Central Falls, was charged with larceny over $1,500, said Detective Capt. Gerald McKinney, assistant detective commander. Boja was released on personal recognizance after being arraigned before the Honorable Associate Justice Mary McCaffrey in Kent County District Court.
The suspect allegedly grabbed a bag of money from the Twin River Casino in Lincoln around 12:25 p.m., state police said.
According to Maj. Dennis Fleming, detective commander, an armored car employee was using a cart to deliver bags of cash to an ATM at the casino when the suspect allegedly grabbed one of the bags and ran off. Witnesses gave a description of the car.
Two Rhode Island State Police detectives assigned to the Gaming Unit at the casino gave chase, along with Lincoln police.
The detectives followed the suspect as he fled south on Route 146 and into Providence, Major Fleming said. One of the detectives was able to stop the car on the north side of the Providence Place Mall, where the suspect was arrested without incident.
The suspect’s name was not released, pending further investigation, Major Fleming said. He is being held pending arraignment this afternoon.

Major Fleming said a bag of money was recovered. There is no evidence a weapon was used in the robbery. The chase did not involve high speeds.

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