Urgent warning over ‘bank jugging’ trend as customers trailed after withdrawals & left with slashed tires & empty wallet – The US Sun

Urgent warning over ‘bank jugging’ trend as customers trailed after withdrawals & left with slashed tires & empty wallet – The US Sun
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OFFICIALS are warning residents of a growing trend that could cost thousands of people.

A crime known as “bank jugging” sees thieves slashing drivers’ tires before robbing them and has become prevalent in Florida.

Adrian Felipe Perez-Rocha allegedly stole items from the woman who had just finished a bank transactionCredit: MCSO
Perez-Rocha then reportedly hopped into a getaway vehicle driven by Bryam Cardenas-MorenoCredit: MCSO

Two alleged bank juggers, Adrian Felipe Perez-Rocha, 39, and Bryam Cardenas-Moreno, 27, are accused of robbing a woman at a Wawa in Palm City last week, 12 News reported.

The men reportedly stole a bank envelope, the woman’s purse, and her cellphone at a Bank of , according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers believe the woman had just finished making a transaction when she noticed her tire pressure was lower than what it was before.

When woman drove to WAWA to put air in her tires, Perez-Rocha swooped in and swiped her items before hopping into a getaway vehicle driven by Cardenas-Moreno.

According to deputies, the victim confronted the assailants, who then pushed her to the ground before fleeing the scene.

The brazen duo were arrested by officers shortly after following a criminal arrest.

A window punch, gloves, a black hat and ski mask and zipper pouch that contained cash were all recovered from the vehicle.

Deputies say ‘car jugging’ is popular amongst a South American crime group that has infiltrated the States.

Cops recommend that people pay special attention to their surroundings after withdrawing large sums of cash to avoid trouble.

Police also advised drivers not to leave anything valuable in their cars.

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“If you notice that you may suddenly have tire pressure loss after leaving a bank, call 911 and let the dispatchers know that you are concerned,” they advised.

“Keep driving, if possible, until a deputy intercepts you at your location.”

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NATIONWIDE EPIDEMIC

Police in Scottsdale, Arizona are also warning residents to take precautions when withdrawing funds due to more reports of criminals stealing money right after people visit their bank.

One local who has fallen victim to the scheme told local CBS affiliate KTVK that he was followed more than 10 miles to his workplace after withdrawing money from the bank.

The unidentified victim told the outlet that he had put the money inside his vehicle, however it was later stolen.

“It hurts, whenever someone takes that amount of money from you, it hurts, it’s a hard thing to deal with when you work hard for your money and someone just takes it like that,” he said.

Police have said there have been at least 24 cases of the malicious crime in the region, and are investigating possible others every day.

Scottsdale officer Alejandro Barron told KNXV-TV that the scheme is affecting the entire city, as the criminals do not appear to be targeting one specific area.

“It’s just where the banks are and the expensive stores,” Barron said.

While police are aware of the increase in crime, it has been difficult to catch the culprits.

“We want to find them, it’s just a very difficult crime to apprehend or identify, unlike credit card uses or stealing something like an Apple iPhone,” Scottsdale Sgt. Wiley Adams told KTVK.

“Cash is something very hard to trace.”

To help curb the ongoing malicious activity, police are asking residents in the area to take action.

Specifically, the Scottsdale Police Department https://twitter.com/ScottsdalePD/status/1733883023865807077 residents do the following to avoid falling victim:

  • Avoid leaving a bank with a money envelope or bag in hand
  • Conceal any money envelopes in a purse or backpack
  • Never leave money unattended in a vehicle
  • Be wary of vehicles without state license plates outside your bank
  • Be wary of vehicles with multiple people sitting inside watching your bank

Top tips on avoiding scams from a bank

As scams become more sophisticated with the use of artificial intelligence, it is important you know how to spot a scam:

  • Be skeptical of online deals that seem too good to be true, especially on social media.
  • Scammers will often use tactics to make you panicked so you make quick decisions – be cautious if you are told to take immediate action and verify who has contacted you.
  • Chase Bank warns customers to “never return any unexpected funds without calling Chase first.”
  • Never send money to someone you have only spoken to online or by phone as this is likely a romance scam.
  • Unless you 100% know who you are talking to, never give someone remote access to your device.
  • Never accept help from strangers at an ATM and always be vigilant when making withdrawals.
  • Do not send money or click any links indicating that you have won a prize.

Source: Chase.com

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