Thieves steal bag of $300,000 cash by distracting armored truck guard outside Brooklyn bank

NEW YORK — A trio of thieves stole $300,000 from an armored truck in a bold Brooklyn heist, grabbing a sack of cash while they distracted a Brink’s guard by asking for directions, police said Sunday.

The trio struck when an armored truck pulled up to a Chase bank on Eighth Avenue and 55th Street in Sunset Park about 1 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

The driver stayed in the truck while his co-worker, whose job it is to deliver and pick up cash, placed the bag of money on the bumper, police said.

That’s when two of the crooks walked up to the worker, asking for directions, police said.

While they spoke, the third thief slipped in and grabbed the bag, police said. He ran off south on Eighth Avenue with the score, while his accomplices scattered, police said.

Authorities released surveillance footage of the suspects Sunday, including pictures of the crook running off with the bag in hand, and asked the public’s help identifying them and tracking them down.

Police describe the suspect who took the bag as a man with a light complexion and slim build wearing a black winter hat, a black hooded jacket, gray pants and black sneakers.

The suspects who distracted the Brink's worker were both men with medium complexions and medium builds, police said. One wore a black winter hat with white trim, a black hooded winter coat, gray pants and black sneakers. The other suspect wore a black winter hat, black face mask, black jacket, black pants, black sneakers and a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.