12 Years Later, Suspect in Vegas Heist Surrenders


For 12 years, Heather C. Tallchief had been a fugitive from justice after driving off with a Loomis Armored truck loaded with $2.5 million in cash that was to have been delivered to the Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas. Yesterday, the former Loomis driver walked into the federal courthouse there, reports the New York Times. Before she surrendered, she spent time with a Times reporter and made initial steps toward selling her story to Hollywood, apparently hoping to earn money to replace the stolen $2.5 million.

Tallchief, 33, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., conspired with Roberto Solis, an ex-con who had served time for murder. Authorities have said they were baffled about how the pair had eluded capture. Tallchief told the Times she was in Europe much of the time, working as a hotel maid. Tallchief said she was a victim of Solis’s brainwashing and saw very little of the stolen loot. The two had a child, now 10, who lives with friends in Europe. She said hasn’t seen Solis, who is still at large, since the child was an infant. Tallchief, was ordered held on charges that included bank larceny, fraud, conspiracy and making false statements to obtain a passport.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/16/national/16fugitive.html

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