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Two following Brinks armored truck charged

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Two men have been charged in federal court in connection with an apparent conspiracy to rob a Brinks armored truck in Merrillville, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Reilly Jackson Jr., 39, of Griffith has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery; and Delvin Perkins, 23, of South Holland, Ill., has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Both men were taken into custody by law enforcement on Monday.

“The criminal complaint against Jackson alleges that, on March 18, 2019, in Merrillville, Ind., an investigation led law enforcement to make a traffic stop on a vehicle he was driving after law enforcement, in addition to other information received, observed the vehicle following a Brinks armored truck as it made multiple stops to collect money from banks and businesses,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Additional investigation led Jackson to be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce of the armored Brinks truck.”

“The criminal complaint against Perkins alleges that, as a passenger in the vehicle driven by Jackson, he possessed two firearms recovered from the vehicle,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “With a prior felony conviction, Perkins was charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of firearms.”

“Prosecuting and reducing violent crime are top priorities of my office,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said. “This case demonstrates how effective proactive police work can be to reducing violent crime. I commend the FBI and other law enforcement agencies involved in this case.”

These cases are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



Posted 3/21/2019




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