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Two jailed in $2.7-million heist

Federal agents have arrested two men and recovered some of the $2.7-million taken in a June armored truck heist in Oklahoma, an FBI spokeswoman said Saturday.

The FBI said Bobby O'Neal Negri Jr., 30, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. and Michael Brandon Lutz, 23, was taken into custody about 30 minutes later. The two men were held in Miami over the weekend and scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Monday.

The suspects were staying at the Doubletree Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, where some of the money was recovered, said FBI spokeswoman Anne Figueiras.

She said the FBI is searching for the remainder of the money, but would give no specifics on how much was found.

Authorities alleged that Negri stole the money on his 30th birthday from the armored truck he was guarding when his partner went into a McDonald's restaurant for breakfast.

Left in the truck were Negri's pistol and a postcard that read: "Is Paris this nice this time of year? Oui. Bye."

He worked for Loomis, Fargo & Co., the same company victimized by a driver in North Carolina who took off in October with a van carrying $15-million in cash. He is still being sought.

The same company was stung in Jacksonville in March by an $18-million heist, the largest armored car robbery in U.S. history. Nearly all of that money was recovered after the suspect, driver Philip Noel Johnson, was arrested on the Mexican border.

FBI spokesman Dan Vogel said the two men in the Oklahoma heist were arrested Friday in Fort Lauderdale without incident after authorities got a tip the men were in the area. An earlier tip had placed them at Walt Disney World in July, he said. They had apparently been staying at the hotel since Sept. 26

"I can't be much more specific, but the person (who called in the tip) was in a position to know quite a bit about their location and the information was very specific, which allowed us to go to that exact location," Vogel said from Oklahoma City.

Negri and Lutz were friends. Lutz's roommate, David Trude, said the trio had talked about how easy it would be to rob an armored car. Trude told the FBI that he had not taken the talk seriously until after Negri and Lutz disappeared.

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