Cops find cash stolen in Strip District armored-car killing

March 7, 2012 4:25 pm

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Police tracking Ken Konias Jr., the armed guard suspected of killing his partner and running off with $2.3 million last week, believe they have recovered some of the stolen cash.

Thomas Stangrecki, commander of the Pittsburgh police Major Crimes Unit, announced at a news conference this afternoon that officers recovered some money taken from the Garda armored car where Michael Haines, 31, was fatally shot last Tuesday.

Commander Stangrecki would not say where the money was found, except that it was found in multiple locations this week. He would not say how much was found or how they knew it came from the armored car, only that police confirmed its provenance.

The commander declined to give specifics, saying he did not want to "tip Konias' hand."

He also said police got a call this morning from someone who thought they spotted Mr. Konias, 22, of Dravosburg, at the Waterworks Mall in a red car. Police did not spot that man or the car, Cmdr. Stangrecki said.

He also said investigators formed a task force last week to search for Mr. Konias. That task force includes the FBI, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office and police in Pittsburgh, Ross and McKeesport, as well as Pennsylvania State Police.

In addition to posting information about Mr. Konias on Facebook and Twitter, they will also post information about him on billboards across the East Coast, the commander said.

Garda has posted a $100,000 reward for Mr. Konias' capture.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438.
First Published 2012-03-07 15:09:25

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