A trio of armored car robbery suspects who allegedly stole more than $100,000 before a violent street shootout in December has been arrested after one suspect posted pictures of the loot on Instagram.
The crew, each charged with three counts of robbery for armored car heists on Aug. 24, Dec. 4 and Dec. 15, was caught Thursday by an FBI-NYPD task force, the New York Daily News reported. A state correction officer was among the three arrested.
“Michael Santiago, a corrections officer entrusted with the safekeeping of the community, Kenneth Smith and Bruce Collazo are charged with conspiring to conduct a series of brazen daytime armed robberies, provoking gun violence on busy streets, and putting lives at risk,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in an official report on the arrests.
On the day after the heist, Collazo posted photos of the stolen cash on his Instagram, the Daily News added, also stating that he displayed a gun and what is possibly marijuana in other posts.
“This is the type of collaboration we rely on to keep our city safe. This operation, taken down earlier this morning in raids across the Bronx, is the most significant case since the re-formation of the oldest task force in law enforcement history,” NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton was quoted in the official report.
The suspects allegedly stole more than $100,000 in the heists, the Daily News stated, and they all face life in prison.