FBI calls armored truck heist suspect 'Most Wanted'



PITTSBURGH -- The man police said allegedly shot and killed his security guard partner, then took off with millions of dollars earlier this week, was investigated for stealing lottery tickets.

The Kennedy Township Police Chief told Channel 11's Renee Kaminski that Ken Konias was accused of stealing the tickets from a grocery store on Feb. 23 while picking up money as a Garda Cash Logistics employee.

Police said after an employee called Garda to report the missing lottery tickets, they were found in the back of a company vehicle a day later.

“We determined that it may have been the armored car carriers and one of the attendants in the armored car may have taken it,” Kennedy Township Police Chief Anthony Bruni said.

Investigators said Konias returned the tickets to the store himself, and told police that the tickets must have gotten stuck to the bottom of his bag.

Bruni said the pack of tickets was valued at $600.

No charges were filed in the case, but Konias was banned from the store, police said.

Konias has been missing since Tuesday. Police said he is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Michael Haines, 31, of East McKeesport, and with stealing $2.3 million from a Garda vehicle.

Haines' body was in the back of the truck, found idling under a bridge in the Strip District on Tuesday afternoon.

Garda is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Konais' arrest. Anyone with information should call the Pittsburgh Homicide Office at 412-323-7161 or 911.

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