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3 men arrested, face up to life in prison in gunpoint robbery of armored truck driver

Photo of one of the three men wanted for the armored truck robbery, left, and the Loomis armored truck. (FBI, Baltimore Field Office)

Three men from three different states have been arrested and charged with federal crimes in the armed robbery of an armored truck in Salisbury.

Ryan Shevin Smith, 38, of Princess Anne, Maryland, Orneth Patrick South, 48, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Michael D. Watts, 42, of Brooklyn, New York face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on robbery charges and up to life in prison on firearms charges.

Early on a Monday morning, January 22, a driver was parked at a branch of the State Employees’ Credit Union while he was servicing an ATM, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Three men approached the driver and demanded money from the ATM and from the Loomis armored truck. One of the men held a gun on the driver while his hands were bound, according to the statement.

The men took the driver’s company-issued handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Salisbury Police officers responded to the scene at 7:15 a.m. FBI field offices in Baltimore, New York, and Charlotte, North Carolina joined with police to investigate the case. The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland is prosecuting the case.


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