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Loomis truck overturns in the rain, spilling cash onto Gaston County highway

In 1998, the big story involving cash and Loomis (then Loomis Fargo) was the $17 million theft by Steven Chambers, left, and David Scott Ghantt.
In 1998, the big story involving cash and Loomis (then Loomis Fargo) was the $17 million theft by Steven Chambers, left, and David Scott Ghantt.

A Loomis armored truck overturned on rain-slickened U.S. 321 in Gaston County on Thursday, spilling cash all over the highway, multiple media outlets reported.

The truck appeared to be upside down just off the highway in photos from the scene.

At least one person was hurt when the truck skidded off the road at about 5 p.m. near mile marker 16, Observer news partner WBTV reported.

The driver told WSOC-TV that he hydroplaned in the rain. Cash scattered across the highway, but authorities picked it up, the station reported.

Loomis, cash and Gaston County. Sound familiar?

In 1997, David Ghantt, a former Kings Mountain resident and Loomis Fargo worker, stole $17 million from a Loomis Fargo vault in Charlotte. He later headed to Mexico with $25,000 of the money stashed into the legs of pantyhose he wore as a money belt.

The heist was the second-largest all-cash robbery in U.S. history at the time.

Twenty-one people were eventually arrested in what became known as the “hillbilly heist.” The caper spawned former Observer reporter Jeff Diamant’s book “Heist,” published in 2002, and the widely panned 2016 Hollywood movie “Masterminds” starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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