Armored car driver who stole $537,000 worth of coins gets probation

A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to stealing $537,088.22 in coins while working as an armored car driver between May and August 2019.

Cameron Bowman, 31, received a sentence of 24 months probation from Judge Catherine Haberkorn after pleading guilty to felony theft. Haberkorn also ordered him to pay $525,000 restitution to his former employer, Thillens Cagistics.

Cameron Bowman | CPD; MaxPixel

Thillens management called police to the company’s warehouse at 4242 North Elston in August 2019 after they discovered discrepancies in Bowman’s transactions. Prosecutors said Bowman stole the coins by entering incorrect dollar amounts into a computer after completing his rounds, then pocketing the difference.

While Bowman did not initially admit to any wrongdoing when he was confronted about the missing coins, he did ask if he could leave and return with the money. About an hour later, he returned to the office with a Ziploc bag containing $25,300 in $100 bills, police said.

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

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