MAYS LANDING – A Newark man has been charged in connection to a burglary of over $1.7 million from an armored vehicle outside Bally’s Casino on Nov. 5, 2020, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Dante J. McCluney has been charged with the following:
• Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition
• Conspiracy to Commit Theft
“This was a brazen burglary of an armored car on a public street in broad daylight. Out of all the crimes I’ve seen committed in Atlantic County during my tenure, this incident harkened back to something out of the 1930’s. Thankfully, we have a talented, hard working group of detectives who used old fashioned detective work to track down Dante McCluney, and then identify the other suspects. It should be noted that a substantial amount of the stolen cash has been recovered.
On Nov. 5, 2020 at 12:40 p.m., the Atlantic City Police Department responded to Bally’s Casino for the reported theft of $1,760,000 from an armored vehicle owned by Rapid Armored Corporation (RAC). Video surveillance from Bally’s revealed three male suspects accessed the armored vehicle and removed suspected bags of U.S. currency. The suspects then entered a gray Hyundai sedan and departed the area at approximately 12:15 p.m.
McCluney was previously employed by RAC as an armed guard where he worked the “AC ATM” run that serviced Bally’s and become familiar with the run’s timing and procedures.
Two employees of RAC also identified McCluney from surveillance footage obtained from the Atlantic City Boardwalk just prior to the theft. McCluney and the two other males are observed on surveillance arriving near Bally’s in a gray Hyundai, parking near the armored vehicle then exiting on foot. The three males remained on foot in the area of the armored vehicle until approximately 12:10 p.m., when they approached the vehicle and committed the theft.
The investigation is continuing into the apprehension of the other individuals involved in this burglary.
A detention hearing was held on Nov. 24, 2020, before Judge Donna Taylor and McCluney was detained and is being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer represents the state in the matter.
“I want to thank the Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic City Resident Office of the FBI, and the detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for all of their investigative efforts in this matter,”
ACPO, the Atlantic City Police Department, Newark Police ESU, the Atlantic City Resident Office of the FBI and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office all participated in this cooperative investigation.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.