Neighbors say he's quiet, and his sister says he's funny. And if authorities are right, armored car company driver David Scott Ghantt slipped away with $15 million over the weekend.
Ghantt, 27, was indicted Monday on a federal charge of bank larceny after the theft at a Loomis, Fargo & Co. office in Charlotte."The defendant is considered armed and dangerous," the U.S. Attorney in Charlotte and FBI Special Agent William Perry said in a statement. The FBI said Ghantt was the only suspect.
A white van reported stolen from the Loomis, Fargo office was found about 10 miles away Monday afternoon. The FBI said an undetermined amount of cash was recovered, but Ghantt was nowhere to be found.
"He'd never, ever do anything that could get him in a 10-by-10 cell," said his sister, Nancy Ghantt. She told the Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C., that her brother is quiet, funny and an outdoors enthusiast.
And for now, he is missing.
Ghantt, a driver and guard, was scheduled to work Saturday at the company's warehouse in west Charlotte. His wife reported him missing early Sunday; the company reported the missing money and van a short time later.
Authorities found Ghantt's unlocked red pickup truck next to the Loomis building. Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the building.
Loomis, Fargo in March lost nearly $19 million in the nation's largest armored car heist in history. Phillip Noel Johnson has pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and money laundering.