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Brinks Armored Employee lying his pants off - Submitted by Patrick Coffey - Daly City, CA

The security industry is a most interesting one, even if the vast majority of individuals in it are underpaid and/or appreciated. Most of the individuals in the guard profession take it seriously, but when guards go bad they tend to do so in a big way, whether it is the internal theft of money or merchandise. The armored car companies particularly come to mind as bearing incredible risk in the collection, transport, counting, and securing of large sums of money, and the incredible challenge facing the company’s internal affairs / loss prevention professional.

It was mid May, and I was not yet out of polygraph school a full year, nor having completed even one hundred specific issue exams yet. The phone rang, it was Brinks Armored car calling. Over $100,000.00 had gone missing over the last couple of weeks, and that the chain of custody in each case was indicative of one or two individuals employee guards / drivers.

The first of these two Examinees turned out to be a guy named Michael Davinski. He was a very self confident type in his late 20’s, and the typical armored car employee who was biding his time until he could test well and get an offer as a local law enforcement official.

Michael was polite enough and passively cooperative in the pre-test interview, but had asked to use the bathroom just when we were getting to the subject of the missing money. His reasonable request was granted, especially since he claimed a history of stomach problems as well, and we had just had the carpets shampooed the prior week. After what seemed like fifteen minutes, I checked on old Michael who was still in the bathroom with a locked door, and reminded him that I was ready when he was. He rejoined me in the polygraph lab some two minutes later and the continuation of the pre-test began. He provided no startling new information in the process, and claimed no knowledge of the stolen money, nor would he be capable of doing so based on his professed religious values, and desire to become a future local law enforcement officer.

I took great pride in the near flawless operation of my Lafayette Diplomat analog polygraph, and how smoothly the pens moved on the well loved and cared for instrument. You can imagine my concern when both the Cardio and GSR pens hit the upper pen stops on the crime issue questions related to any first party or evidentiary knowledge. I had really NEVER had such a subject before in my then young career, and wondered why he had reacted SO strongly on these charts. Needless to say I prepared my mind for the coming confrontation which would prove to be a twenty plus minute interrogation. I had to use the bathroom, so I excused myself to look at the charts and take care of business. While in the bathroom, I noticed some dust had accumulated on the sink area, and upon looking up, it became clear someone had tried to pry open the vent cover above. I thought to myself, could it be possible Michael has some of the money on him right now? Another bag stolen that day?

I re-entered the room with the confidence of the rock of Gibralter! I said five words that ended this whole case from his perspective and mine. GIVE ME THE DAMN MONEY! As our eyes locked for those painful five or six unblinking seconds, he then folded and looked away in defeat. He knew that I knew! To my view he reached down into his pants croch area and pulled out a plastic bag full of cash. End of story.

Brinks Armored Employee lying his pants off - Submitted by Patrick Coffey - Daly City, CA

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