North Side armored car driver accused of embezzling $537,088…. IN COINS

Cameron Bowman | CPD; MaxPixel

An armored car driver has been charged with stealing more than a half-million dollars from his North Side employer. In coins.

Managers at Thillens Cagistics called police to the company warehouse at 4242 North Elston on Monday afternoon when an audit revealed that $537,088.22 had gone missing between May 10 and Aug. 18.

Company representatives told investigators that 28-year-old Cameron Bowman of Riverdale stole the money by putting incorrect totals into a computer. While Bowman did not admit to any wrongdoing, police said, he did ask if he could leave and return with the money.

Bowman left for about an hour and came back with a Ziploc bag containing $25,300 in $100 bills, police said.

Police did not say what Bowman might have done with all of the coins the company accused him of stealing. Bowman’s partner was “forthcoming with information,” police said.

Prosecutors charged Bowman with one count of felony theft of more than $500,000. Judge Charles Beach set bail at $30,000, and Bowman went free by posting a 10% deposit bond of $3,000. He is due back in court Monday.

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