The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind citizens to be aware of their surroundings when they leave their financial institutions after making withdrawals. Corpus Christi was targeted for this type of crime last year and the department responded with a massive public information effort, enhanced bank patrols, and undercover special assignments. Some of the offenders were identified and it was confirmed that these individuals were part a well-organized street gang.
There have been several reported incidents of the “jugging” type robberies since January of this year and we want to warn citizens to not become complaisant. We cannot be sure that these aggressive thieves have stopped targeting our citizens.
Our department does have strategies implemented to address these types of crimes, but we also ask that citizens do their part in protecting themselves.
The offenders are known to target mainly bank customers after they leave a financial institution with a deposit or money bag in hand. The offenders park in the bank parking lot or very close by. They are usually in newer model cars with paper license plates and tinted windows. They watch the front door or commercial lane of the drive through looking for business related transactions. It appears that the preferred method of the criminal is to follow the person as they leave the bank and then follow the victims back to their business, or any location where they park their vehicle. One the victim is parked, the criminal takes the money from the vehicle, if the money is left in an unattended vehicle, or these offenders will also approach the victims to forcibly take the money.
All citizens, especially business employees, are once again asked to be very aware and vigilant when leaving the bank after any transaction.
In one of the most recent documented incidents, Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to 2600 block of Gollihar in reference to a burglary of a motor vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted the victim who advised that someone broke into his vehicle. The victim stated that he went inside his place of business at which point he heard his vehicle alarm going off and went to the window where he observed his vehicle being burglarized. The victim noted that the divers side window had been broken out and actively saw the male jump in his vehicle with his legs dangling out of the window, ransacking the vehicle before being startled by the victim and fled the scene. The suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle with a getaway driver, the suspect vehicle is described as a white in color Toyota Camry. The victim told officers that he had stopped at a bank drive thru and withdrew some money. The victim remembered seeing a white in color Toyota Camry circling the parking lot and believes that he may have been followed from the bank.
The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to not leave valuables or cash in your car. If you feel you are being followed to or from a bank call 911. Anyone who can identify anyone involved in this robbery, or has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity secret of anyone who provides information and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn the caller a cash reward.