WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - At least 3 suspects are in custody in connection with a bank robbery and carjacking Tuesday in West Palm Beach.
Investigators say the bank robbery was an inside job. Police say bank assistant manager Barbara Hauck helped plan the robbery. Her boyfriend Juan Mercado and Clifford Davis were also arrested.
Police say they planned the heist the night before after Hauck told the men that a large store had made a big deposit and that there would be lots of cash on hand the next day.
The FBI says at 9:45 Tuesday morning two men drove a motorcycle inside the Chase Bank on South Dixie Highway. Police say once inside, they pushed a bank employee and stole cash.
The duo left the bank by motorcycle and crashed into the back of a delivery truck at the I-95 northbound on-ramp entrance at Southern Boulevard. A woman who stopped to help was carjacked.
Her car was later discovered in the Westgate area.
Police say the two robbers got away with $150,000. They were later able to recover about $100,000.
They say the trio confessed to the crime as well as two others. One at the same location in June of last year and the other at a unspecified bank in Lantana.
Hauck, Mercado and Davis made their first appearance in federal court Wednesday morning. They face several charges and are currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail.
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