Armored Car Employee Charged with $70K Theft

MILTON, Fla. (AP) - A Brinks Armored Car Service employee, who told investigators he needed the money for sick relatives, has been charged with stealing $70,000 from the company, Santa Rosa County sheriff's deputies say.

Tony Simmons, 26, of Milton, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday. He was freed on a $25,0000 bond after turning himself in and returning the money last week, according to a sheriff's report.

Employees at the Okaloosa County Teachers Credit Union branch in Crestview discovered the money missing from a plastic delivery bag that was supposed to contain $127,500. The bag had been opened and resealed with clear tape before it was delivered.

Simmons, who is charged with second-degree felony theft, told deputies he took the money from the bag because his mother and cousin have cancer, the report said.

Sheriff's spokesman Jerry Henderson said investigators have not confirmed if they do have cancer.

Records in the Santa Rosa court clerk's office did not indicate whether Simmons had a lawyer.