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4 charged in connection with armored car robberies in Southern Nevada

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Authorities investigate an incident near Eastern Avenue and Windmill Parkway on Sept. 8, 2017. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Authorities investigate an incident near Eastern Avenue and Windmill Parkway on Sept. 8, 2017. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)

Four people arrested on Sept. 8 in connection with a series of armored car robberies in Southern Nevada made their initial appearances in federal court Monday. 

Trayvale Harrison, 30, of Barstow, California, Phillip Shiel, 22, of Los Angeles, California, Randel Burge, 35, and Ianthe Rowland, 34, both of Las Vegas were charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Harrison, Burge, and Rowland each face an additional four charges of interference with commerce by robbery. 

FOX5 cameras captured all four suspects as they were taken into custody by law enforcement. Las Vegas Metro police at the time said only three suspects were arrested. 

During the hearing, Harrison, Shiel, and Burge were detained and Rowland was released. 

According to the criminal complaint, the four suspects allegedly planned to rob armored vehicles in Las Vegas and Henderson. The robberies took place between June and August of this year.

The first robbery took place on June 2, at the Green Valley Grocery in the 5300 block of South Fort Apache Road, near Hacienda Avenue.One of the suspects was armed when he or she told a Loomis armored vehicle guard to drop the money bags as the guard left the store. The suspects got away with $16,447. Exactly one month later, two armed men wearing ski masks robbed a Garda armored vehicle in front of a Walmart in the 400 block of East Silverado Ranch, near Bermuda Road. The suspects took $23,510 during the robbery. On Aug. 14,  a Loomis armored vehicle was robbed in front of a Wells Fargo in the 100 block of North Pecos Road, near Wigwam Parkway. Court records showed the suspects stole $5,549. On Aug. 25, a Loomis armored truck was robbed in front of a Wells Fargo in the 400 block of Windmill Lane, near Bermuda Road.  The suspects stole $138,000 during the fourth robbery. 

On Sept. 8, the suspects were planning to rob another armored vehicle at Chase Bank near Windmill Lane and Eastern Avenue when they were taken into custody by law enforcement. 

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According to court records, Trayvale Harrison's wife called authorities in Barstow to report a stolen vehicle 30 minutes before the robbery on Aug. 25. The vehicle was returned to the rental company by Harrison, who said he found the vehicle after it had been reported stolen. He said he left his phone in the vehicle and was tracking it on the phone's tracking system. Officers later returned to Harrison's home in Barstow and interview him and his wife. During that time. officers noticed a Dodge Avenger in the driveway, which they said was purchased from Barstow Auto Sales. The manager at the company said the couple purchased the Dodge and a GMC Yukon with cash. As authorities were conducting surveillance, they observed Harrison in the GMC at Burge's home. Phone records showed communication between Harrison, Burge, and Rowland. It also placed the phones of Harrison and Burge at the locations of the robberies. Authorities were conducting surveillance on the suspects when they saw the suspects leave a Las Vegas home in September. The men traveled in a Nissan and Rowland was in a BMW. Authorities arrested the suspects outside of the Chase Bank before they were able to commit another robbery.

After their arrests, Shiel admitted to participating in the robberies but did not implicate his co-defendants. Rowland told investigators Burge, Shiel and Harrison were involved. She said she assisted the suspects by driving the switch car, dropping off the suspects, and providing a vehicle. During a search of Rowland's home officers found $35,000 in a safe and three assault style rifles. 

The suspects face up to life in prison for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. 

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