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FBI agents dig up backyard of armored truck driver and find $500,000 cash

By Mason White 11:17 AM October 15, 2015
The money 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A former armored truck driver was jailed after $1 million went missing from his truck.

Federal agents unearthed about $500,000 buried in the backyard of a home in California. The home once belonged to a driver of an armored truck.

Cesar Yanez of Fontana, has admitted to helping steal more than $1 million with 2 accomplices.

After digging for about 1 hour, officers found the money, which was hidden in plastic containers under a patch of trees, the FBI said.

Yanez pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank robbery in connection with the robbery. He was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.

Yanez and another armored truck driver, Aldo Esquivel Vega of Pomona, California, were transporting a large shipment of cash to Bank of America, when they stopped at a parking lot in Los Angeles and place over $1 million into a trash can.

The third accomplice then took the money from the garbage can. The 3 men later divided the money among themselves.

About $85,000 was recovered inside the home of Yanez at the time of his arrest. An FBI spokesperson said that someone tipped off police about the money that was hidden in the backyard.

Vega is awaiting sentencing for his involvement in the robbery. Two other people, including the wife of Yanez, are awaiting trial for helping facilitate the crime.