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QUESTION: What happened to the Brinks driver who lost his cargo at a stop near Cordelia?
Submitted by: Gary Hall, Modesto
ANSWER: The theft of $2.3 million from a Loomis, Fargo and Co. truck on March 24, 1999, remains unsolved.
The tractor rig with an unarmored trailer reportedly left a Sacramento loading site about 7:30 p.m. on a rainy evening. When it arrived in San Francisco, approximately $2.3 million in cash -- described as small bills weighing more than 250 pounds -- was missing.
According to stories in The Bee, workers first noticed a pool of water on the trailer's floor, then discovered a hole in the roof large enough for an average-size man to slip through.
A motorist later reported having seen a figure jump off the truck as it slowed down at a weighing station at Cordelia, near the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 680 on the outskirts of Fairfield.
After the heist, Loomis, Fargo and Co. discontinued cash shuttles.
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