Two men are wanted for the theft of an armored car Tuesday morning in West University Place.

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The FBI has released pictures of the armed men, who are believed to have robbed a Garda World armored car employee as he was transferring money to a Bank of America branch at around 9:30 a.m.

Nearby, employees of businesses were frightened at the unusual activity.

“I immediately got my keys and I locked the store,” said store employee Lisa Kantoff. “I peer out and I don’t know what I’m looking for but there are many police cars and lights, and I see officers getting out of their cars, with guns loaded and ready to hunt someone down.”

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The men fled in a grey SUV, heading west along Bellaire.

While perhaps not something one sees everyday, Houston is actually a hotbed of armored car robberies. According to recent FBI data, armored car drivers are 20 percent more likely to be robbed on the job in Houston than anywhere else in the nation.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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