Armored Guard Robs Queens Check Cashing Business

Man dressed up as armored guard managed to fool employees at a Queens check cashing business and walked out with $15,000, police said. (NYPD / July 28, 2011)

Employees of a check cashing business in Queens were thrown for a loop after they handed over $15,000 in cash to a man the believed was an armored guard but was instead a calculated thief.

According to authorities, the incident happened at about 10:15 a.m. on July 22 at Lorenzo's Enterprises in Astoria.

Cops say the man, dressed in what appeared to be an authentic GARDA Armored Courier uniform, walked into the shop and claimed he was there for a pickup. Not suspecting a thing, the employees handed over the cash and the man went on his way.

It was later in the day when the workers realized what they had done when another armored guard showed up for what was the scheduled pickup time. Employees quickly reached out to the company and were informed that the armored guard was in fact an employee where the first guard was an impostor.

An array of "zoinks!" and "d' ohs" could be heard throughout the back office of the check cashing business after the information came to light.

Surveillance footage of the suspect was captured at the time of the incident. Cops describe him as Hispanic, approximately 33 to 34 years old, and he was last seen wearing the GARDA uniform.

Anyone with information is urged to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.