BATTLE CREEK, MICH., DEC. 9 -- Two ski-masked bandits made off with more than $500,000 today from an armored car that had stopped at a south side Comerica bank branch, local police said.

After the passenger guard went inside the bank shortly before 11 a.m., the driver guard felt a bump beside the car's door, opened it and was confronted by one masked man armed with a pistol, said Police Lt. Glenn Castle.

The armored car driver was then forced to drive to a secluded area about three miles south of town, where they were met by another vehicle into which the stolen cash was transferred, Castle said. The guard was left handcuffed to the back of the armored car by the suspects, who fled in an old, dark brown, two-door Chevrolet Nova. The driver's side door of the suspects' car was dented and stained with gray primer, Castle said.

There were no injuries and the amount of cash taken was at least $500,000, Castle said. The FBI joined the investigation, headded.

One suspect was described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, about 160 pounds, and wearing eyeglasses, brown work boots and brown cloth gloves. The second suspect was about 6 feet 3 inches tall, 160 pounds, and wearing a long green trenchcoat.