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Brinks driver charged with stealing more than $1 million from mid-Michigan banks in 43 days

Money stolen by Carman
Posted at 2:28 PM, May 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-06 14:37:59-04

LANSING, Mich. — In just over a month, a single person was able to steal more than $1,000,000 from several Mid-Michigan banks, according to federal court documents.

He didn't break in, there was no violence, and he allegedly stole the money using a work lunch box.

In January, a special agent with the FBI was advised that LAFCU across Mid-Michigan were missing money.

None of them had experienced any break-ins, but they did the math and together they were missing $350,000.

Brinks, the company that services LAFCU and other banks in Mid-Michigan, began an investigation.

Here's their suspect, Reginald Carman.

CARMAN WITH BAG OF MONEY
CARMAN WITH BAG OF MONEY

Carman started working as a driver for Brinks and servicing teller machines solo on November 15, 2021.

Just over a month later on December 28, he stopped showing up for work.

This money could be why.

Money stolen by Carman
Money stolen by Carman

Video footage from Carman's Brinks truck shows Carman placing what appears to be a Brink's clear bag full of money, into a Brinks clear lunch box, seen here.

Brinks "lunch box"
Brinks "lunch box"

Later in the day, before arriving back at the Brinks office, Carman is seen stopping the truck, grabbing the Brinks lunch bag witih both hands, and taking it to what appeared to be a dark colored truck.

Upon finding this initial footage, Brinks reached out to Carman saying the noticed his heavy lunch box and wanted the stolen money back.

Carman agreed to meet with Brinks and returned $650,000, according to the lawsuit Carman apologized saying his father had recently passed and his mind was not right.

But that's not where this story ends.

The court documents says further investigation found that Carman had stolen more money.. a lot more.

Brinks would call Carman four more times in the next two months, to meet and retrieve his stolen money.

On January 12th, Carman was asked for $200,000 of stolen money

Money retrieved from Carman at second meeting
Money retrieved from Carman at second meeting

On January 26th, Carman was asked for $76,000 of stolen money.

Money returned by Carman at third meeting
Money returned by Carman at third meeting

In February, Carman was asked for $59,960 of stolen money.

On March 9, Carman was asked for $60,000 of stolen money.

And after all these meetings, Mid-Michigan banks were still missing money.

Here's a chart of all the banks Carman allegedly stole from, how much, and on what dates.

Carman alleged theft chart
Carman alleged theft chart

It's now suspected that in 43 days and six driving shifts, Carman stole money from 24 banks totaling $1,060,200.

In court documents Brinks says after their five meetings, they're still missing more than $22,000 from Carman.

Reginald Carman's trial is scheduled for June 28 in Grand Rapids, MI.

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