Sunday, Jan. 31

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Eight years after a lone gunman stole $1.9 million from an armored car company in Vermont's largest robbery, the FBI says tips for investigators have nearly run dry.

Authorities say on Jan. 31, 2002, the gunman tied up two guards who had just shown up for work at the Rutland office of Berkshire Armored Car Services. Then he cleaned out the walk-in vault and left in a dark van.

FBI spokeswoman Bonnie Mariano tells the Rutland Herald there's been no new evidence and investigators aren't receiving many tips. "We would welcome any leads," she said.

FBI agents and detectives from Rutland City and the Vermont State Police have conducted hundreds of interviews and followed up on many more leads.

The statute of limitations for authorities to bring robbery charges in the case lapsed last year. The case remains open, however, as investigators say there are other charges that could be brought if the gunman is found.

The suspect was described as a white man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 to 175 pounds. He spoke with a "distinct nasal New York accent," the FBI said.

Anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber stands to gain a $20,000 reward from the FBI.

Berkshire eventually closed the business. The spot has been occupied by Argos Automotive since 2005.

"Some folks joke with me that I'm the person who did it and I have the money hidden under the floor," Argos owner Jonathan Betz Geear said, pointing to the square outline in the cement floor of his garage where the vault used to be.

Betz Geear said he once had a customer who identified himself as one of former guards. The guard said the gunman forced him to open the vault.