Bank Jugging

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Robin Lyons, authorBLOG POST #245: Bank Jugging

The victim had been in town for a work convention. In the early morning hours, after the victim used an ATM, three men attacked him and forced him into the trunk of their vehicle at gunpoint.

JUGGING: A criminal term used to describe the act of stalking a potential victim to rob them of known items or money. Criminals might follow someone from a shopping mall after observing their purchases were valuable, or they might follow someone after seeing them withdraw money from an ATM. They may follow them on foot or by vehicle to their next stop and rob them there.

The victim managed to pull the truck latch and escape, but was recaptured.

They beat the victim and forced him to provide his bank PIN to access his account.

They drove him from bank-to-bank to withdraw money. The criminals stole more than $2,500 from the victim’s accounts. Later in the morning, the captors dropped the victim on the side of the road.

Almost one month later, law enforcement arrested one of the three criminals. The 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to Armed Kidnapping.

A judge sentenced him to 84 months in prison. After his release, his sentence includes 60 months of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

I could not find information on the co-conspirators.

Watch your back while shopping for things like cell phones, laptops—easy to steal and sell stuff and when withdrawing money from an ATM.

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Source: US Dept. of Justice, Constable, Harris County, Precinct 2, Metropolitan PD, Washington 4 NBC, WTOP

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2 thoughts on “Bank Jugging

  1. That is quite scary. I didn’t know that term. Now, more than ever, we need to maintain situational awareness. Don’t listen to music when in public. Put the phone away, especially if it is an expensive, popular model. Thieves are more opportunistic than ever when a crowd is present.

    • Robin Lyons

      I thought it sounded quite scary too. Sadly, we drop our guard because most of us believe people are good when clearly many aren’t.

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