Ammunition, PSP badge seized from retired trooper’s car after Turnpike robbery, shooting

FORT LITTLETON, Pa. (WHTM) – Police seized a camouflage hunting mask, binoculars, and ammunition from the car of a retired state trooper after authorities say he fatally shot two Pennsylvania Turnpike workers during a toll plaza robbery.

The receipt of seized property on Clarence L. Briggs’s BMW, obtained Monday by ABC27 News, shows investigators found 10 .357 rounds, 59 rounds of .223 ammunition, two boxes of 7.62 cartridges, a handcuff key, and Briggs’s state police identification and badge.

The 54-year-old Briggs patrolled the Turnpike from the Newville barracks before he retired in 2012.

On the morning of March 20, police say he shot and killed Danny Crouse, 55, a toll collector, and Ronald Heist, 72, a security contractor, at the Fort Littleton toll plaza. Briggs then stole a armored van with several bags of money, drove to his BMW in a parking lot across from the toll plaza entrance, and was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with a responding trooper.

Police previously said Briggs was armed with three guns and wearing tactical gear that included an armored vest. Investigators also searched his Upper Mifflin Township home.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the robbery, but court documents state Briggs’s wife admitted to investigators that she and her husband had filed for bankruptcy last year and that they had $100,000 in credit card debt.

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