Houston Leads the Nation in Armored-Car Robberies
You may have seen The Town, a Ben Affleck-directed movie about a crew of armored-car robbers from Charlestown, a Boston-area neighborhood known for producing armored-car robbers. Houston, it seems, has become the new Charlestown.
Houston Has Become "The Town"
As the New York Times reports, the Houston metropolitan area has seen a recent spate of armored-car robberies, one-third of the total nationwide:
All 11 robberies in the Houston region occurred outside banks, check-cashing stores and other businesses as the guards were handling thousands of dollars in cash while walking to or from their trucks or servicing A.T.M.'s. The most recent came on Friday morning, when a gunman drove off in an armored van on the University of Houston campus and later abandoned the vehicle nearby. The authorities did not say how much money was taken.
And one company, GardaWorld, who has been the victim of four of the eleven armored-car robberies, has taken a very (stereotypical) Texan-based approach to fighting back against these thieves, even though its based in Montreal, Canada:
"We're letting the bad guys know: We're going to defend ourselves," said Robert Hatchett, the senior manager for GardaWorld's Texas operations. "They can expect, in one way or another, to pay. They're going to pay for it with physical injury, harm, possible death. They're going to pay for it with prosecution, and they're going to pay for it with restitution. We're not going to let it go."