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Avril, who lives on 85th Street in Howard Beach, works for GardaWorld at its facility in Long Island City.
By Forum Staff
An armored truck driver, whose job was to safeguard millions of dollars from thieves has been charged with grand larceny after stealing more than $1.6 million dollars from the same people that hired him to protect it.
RiguersonAvril, 37, of 85th Street in Queens was arraigned last week before Queens Criminal Court Judge David J. Kirschner on a complaint charging him with first- and second-degree grand larceny and first- and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property
“The defendant allegedly took advantage of his access to enrich himself. He stashed a bag of bills under a truck and then left with the money. He returned to work the following day as if nothing was amiss. If the allegations are proven true, the defendant will face a long term of incarceration as a result of his greed,” stated DA Brown.
Avril was released under supervision and if convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
According to the charges, on July 23at approximately 10 p.m., Avril was observed on video surveillance removing a bag from a pallet and kicking it underneath a delivery truck. The bag contained $1.6 million in cash. He was apprehended the next day when he showed up for work and allegedly admitted that he took the bag he shoved under the truck to the vehicle’s cab and covered it with his rain jacket. He then moved it to his personal auto. “Iripped the bag and put the money into a suitcase,” said Avril. Eventually he gave to a friend to hold onto. District Attorney Brown added, according to the charges, the defendant said in sum and substance that he saw the money bag on the pallet and “I moved the money off the top, dropped it and kicked it under the truck. I wanted to see if anyone would notice.” All but $10,000 of the pilfered cash was recovered in Philadelphia.