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Friday
Mar092012

Armored Car Murder Suspect Stashes $24K at Grave Site

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- Authorities have now recovered about $224,000, including some stashed at a grave site, that was apparently left behind by an armored car driver wanted for allegedly killing his colleague and taking off with $2.3 million.

Kenneth Konias Jr., 22, is suspected of fatally shooting his co-worker Michael Haines in the back of the head and leaving him in the Garda armored vehicle the two operated on Feb. 28 in Pittsburgh.  He is still at large.

Police said Konias' relatives found $24,000 stashed at his great-grandmother's grave site Wednesday and another $200,000 in his parent's home.  Konias reportedly called his mother after the heist and told her she should "go see grandma."

Konias and Haines worked for Garda Cash Logistics and were collecting cash from the Rivers Casino and a Home Depot.  Their abandoned armored truck was discovered by police underneath a bridge with blood dripping from its locked doors.  The body of Haines was found inside the truck and the money was gone.

Police said Konias called a friend after allegedly shooting Haines, saying he had enough money to live for the rest of their lives.

Authorities now believe finding the money gives investigators new insight into Konias and his abilities.

Garda Cash Logistics is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for Haines' killing and for the return of the remaining stolen funds. 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar022012

Armored Car Murder Manhunt: Police Timeline Details Crime

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(PITTSBURGH) -- After a Pittsburgh armored car driver allegedly killed his colleague and made off with $2.3 million, investigators are putting together a timeline of events to find the culprit, who is carrying three automatic weapons.

Police are asking people across the country to be on the lookout for 22-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr., who they are describing as a cold-blooded killer that shot his co-worker Michael Haines in the back of the head and left him in the back of the Garda armored vehicle the two operated.

"Our belief is that he planned to rob the company, and if he had to kill the guard he planned to do that," an officer said.

The two men worked for Garda Cash Logistics and were collecting cash from the Rivers Casino and a Home Depot in Pittsburgh.  Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Haines' body was found inside the cargo area of the Garda armored vehicle, with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, and more than $2 million missing.

Pouring over surveillance video, investigators have created a timeline showing at least five collection stops made by Haines and Konias before the shooting.

Surveillance video shows the truck speeding away from a service road behind a Home Depot at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday.  At 1:23 p.m., the armored vehicle was seen in a parking lot underneath a bridge.  Three minutes later, police say Konias ran to his 2002 Ford Explorer, and at sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. he returned to his home.

Police stumbled upon the abandoned armored car just before 4 p.m. and found blood dripping from its locked doors.

"He had at least a two-hour head start from the time he left work until the time Mr. Haines was discovered," Cmd. Tom Stangrecki of the Pittsburgh Police Department said.  "We're not sure if he's in the state."

Konias's father said that when he was home he discarded a bloodied uniform jacket, while police say that he took off with as many as three semi-automatic pistols, including one he allegedly took from Haines in the truck.

At some point, Konias made a phone call to a friend, which was outlined in the criminal complaint charging him with homicide and robbery.

"At the time of this conversation with Kenneth Konias, Konias made statements such as, 'I [expletive] up. My life is over,'" the criminal complaint stated.

After the friend asked Konias a series of questions probing what was wrong -- whether he was having a bad day at work or had gotten a girl pregnant -- the friend, who is identified as Witness #1 in the criminal complaint, said, "What, did you kill someone?"

After a few seconds of silence, Konias allegedly said "yes" and implored his friend to run away with him and live off the money from his heist.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar012012

Armored Car Guard Sought in Death of Co-Worker

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- A fugitive armored truck employee, who allegedly killed his co-worker before running away with about $2.3 million, called a friend and admitted to the killing, police say.

Police have been searching for Kenneth Konias Jr., 22, since the Tuesday afternoon death of his co-worker, Michael Haines, 31.

"He had at least a two-hour head start from the time he left work until the time Mr. Haines was discovered," Cmd. Tom Stangrecki of the Pittsburgh Police Department said. "We're not sure if he's in the state."

The FBI is assisting the Pittsburgh Police Department in the search for Konias, Stangrecki said.

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The two men worked for Garda Cash Logistics and were collecting cash from the Rivers Casino and a Home Depot in Pittsburgh.

Slumped over with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, Haines' body was found in the idling armored truck two hours after police believe Konias shot him to death. At least $2.3 million was missing from the truck.

Garda, the company for which both men worked, is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for Haines' killing and for the return of the stolen funds.

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