Only six minutes before he was to board a plane that would have taken him and more than $100,000 to Mexico, the man police say picked up $1.2 million that fell from an armored truck in south Philadelphia last week was arrested at Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Authorities said Joseph Coyle, 28, had $105,000 stuffed in his boots when he was arrested by FBI agents shortly after 10 a.m. as he was waiting to board a flight to Acapulco.
A half-hour later, Philadelphia police recovered about $400,000 of the missing money in a plastic travel bag in a vacant south Philadelphia lot. Later, a lawyer contacted police and said a client would come to the police administration building to hand in about $300,000 of the missing money.
Police were still searching for about $395,000 of the $1.2 million.
Coyle, charged in a Philadelphia warrant with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy, was ordered held on $25,000 bond on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
A man police identified as Francis Santos, 26, was arrested with Coyle and was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. There was no immediate information about his role in the case, but FBI officials said he apparently had not planned to accompany Coyle to Acapulco.