There has been a rash of armored car robberies in the Houston, Texas, area recently, but the latest one is particularly heinous because it resulted in the death of Brinks guard Alvin Kinney, a beloved husband and father.
Investigators say the veteran Brinks employee didn’t stand a chance as the masked and armed assailants ambushed and executed him in broad daylight in the Galleria area of Houston. The killers remain at large.
Violent aggravated robberies
Law enforcement agencies are asking for the public’s help to solve this case and take a stand against violent aggravated robberies across the Houston and Harris County area. In 2014, the Greater Houston area led the nation with eight armored car robberies, or 20 percent of the national total for that year.
Houston’s Violent Crimes Task Force responds to approximately 120 bank robberies each year. Almost half of them are violent takeover robberies. The national average for takeover bank robberies is six percent.
A digital billboard campaign launched in February 2015 promises a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and identification of the masked gunmen and any others who took part in the violent Brinks robbery and murder on February 12, 2015.
Stolen Ford truck
The billboards in the Houston area publicize the reward and a picture of the stolen white Ford F-250 truck driven by the armed men before and after the robbery and murder. The vehicle was stolen from the Pipeline Grill in Baytown, Texas, in May 2014. The stolen Ford F-250 had a tool box. At the time of the robbery, it also had blue and white decals with the wording “HRT Houston Road Transit JV” on the driver’s side and rear tailgate.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477). Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Crime Stoppers of Houston app, which can be downloaded at the app store for both iPhone and Android devices. Tips may be reported in Spanish or English. All tipsters remain anonymous.