PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Investigators are releasing more details about a deadly $2 million heist from an armored truck in the Strip District.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is calling this a good investigation with minute-by-minute movement of the suspect, Ken Konias, Jr., caught on surveillance video.
“Mr. Konias is on the run,” he said. “We are preparing warrant for his arrest.”
Konias is a 22-year-old security guard with GARDA.
“What I believe is that he planned to rob the company and if he had to kill the guard, he planned to do that and he shot the guy from close range in the back of the head to accomplish the robbery,” Zappala said. “That’s pretty cold-blooded.”
Investigators, including Pittsburgh Police and the FBI, say Konias shot his partner, 31-year-old Michael Haines in the back of the head, and then robbed the armored truck.
Police are working with five sources of video.
“At 7:52 a.m., the armored car leaves GARDA – it’s on video,” Zappala aid.
“At 8:47 a.m., we have video at the casino. There was a stop made by the armored car at the casino. They picked up money from the casino.”
“Between 12:51 p.m. and 12:55 p.m., there’s video evidence from the Home Depot on McKnight Road. At 1:23 p.m., Sargent Electric picks up the armored car down in the Strip District by the 31st Street Bridge.
“At 1:26 p.m., they’re picking up the defendant at the GARDA facility,” Zappala said.
Konias allegedly parked his personal vehicle, a tan Ford Explorer, in the GARDA parking lot about two blocks away from where the armored truck was parked.
Police suspect Konias stashed the money somewhere along their route and went back to retrieve it – possibly $2.5 million.
“He went back to his house and we picked up evidence that he left at the house,” Zappala said.
Police say Konias called as many as four people from his cell phone before tossing it on Route 51.
Police say they spoke to Konias’ parents. Police consider Konias to be armed and dangerous. GARDA is offering a $100,000 reward.