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Police Hunting for $352,000 Missing From Armored Car

September 25, 1987

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Police searched today for $352,000 missing since a bag containing the cash fell out of an armored car after its doors flew open on Interstate 95, authorities said.

An inspection of the car determined that a dashboard warning light that should have told the driver the doors were open was not working, police said. The warning light was missing a bulb, they said.

The Federal Armored Express Co. driver was alerted by his partner, who was in the back of the car with the money, police said.

Driver Ken Ruh passed a lie detector test, but his partner, Stephen Rinaldi, refused to take one, authorities said.

The truck was heading north on I-95 in northeast Philadelphia late Wednesday afternoon when it hit a bump and the doors flew open, said Capt. James Powell, a detective.

Several money bags fell out of the truck, Ruh and Rinaldi told police. They said they stopped the truck and recovered all but one of the bags, which they quickly determined was missing.

The two 22-year-old Philadelphia men and police looked in vain for the missing bag.

Officers questioned the pair and inspected the armored car at a police garage, where they found the bulb of the warning light was missing.

Investigators would not speculate on what may have happened to the light.

Federal Armored Express offered a $35,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the money and conviction of the thief, said Joseph Benedict, senior vice president of operations and security.

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