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Mich. Police Search for Armored Van Carjackers


Police are searching for three men who are responsible for carjacking an armored car Friday morning.

According to police, the driver of the armored vehicle stopped in front of the Michigan Department of Treasury in Sterling Heights in the 41000 block of Dequindre Road at about 9:30 a.m.

The empty armored vehicle was recovered about an hour later in a church parking lot on 18 Mile Road in Troy, police said. The vehicle, a white armored van, is from the Detroit security company Total Armor, police said.

Police investigators say the driver was approached by two men armed with guns who ordered him out of the vehicle. The gunmen approached the driver when he was making a pickup at the treasury building in a secluded parking lot without security cameras, police said.

"We checked that entire area and at least as of yet we haven't found any cameras that may have caught the actual robbery," said Sterling Heights police Det. John Berg.

The suspected carjackers drove off with the armored vehicle after they rushed through the back of the van and pushed the driver out, police said.

Police aren't sure how much money was inside.

A third man was seen by witnesses at the treasury building in a parked red Chevrolet Impala, maybe a 2000 year model, police said. Police said this man was probably driving the getaway vehicle.

Surveillance video from the Shell gas station at 18 Mile and Dequindre roads show the van. Police said the video shows the van being driven by the two men, who were masked.

Nobody was hurt.

Police continued their investigation and search for the men Friday.

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