PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI has charged a 20-year-old Philadelphia man with helping guide a bank vault containing $104,000 in cash onto a stolen forklift in the mayhem that followed protests over racial injustice on May 31. Officials say a city officer identified the suspect seen on video based on distinctive arm tattoos, even though he was wearing a long wig.
Federal prosecutors say a crowd of people that included Raphael Shaw had broken into the bank and secured the vault before someone arrived with a shotgun and scared them off.READ MORE: Religious Leaders Putting Faith Into Action To Stop Gun Violence In Philadelphia
However, they believe Shaw returned and helped the person on the forklift remove the vault from the back of the Wells Fargo branch in West Philadelphia. Authorities say the forklift had been stolen from a nearby Lowe’s store.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer, Civilian Involved In Crash In Kingsessing, Police Say
They say Shaw hopped into a Pontiac and drove behind the forklift as both vehicles fled. The FBI says Shaw later posted a photo online of him showing off a wad of large bills.
Shaw appeared in court Friday and is scheduled for a detention hearing on Tuesday. A message seeking comment was left with Shaw’s attorney.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia's Furry Friends Celebrate Howl-O-Ween
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