In late April, Police began investigating a possible case of bank jugging. Around 12:35 p.m., the victim, went to a local bank and left with more than $2000 in an envelope. Upon leaving the bank, he placed the envelope into the glove compartment of his car and returned to work. Nearly an hour later, he was advised that his vehicle had been broken into. The passenger window was broken and the envelope was stolen.
Detectives are currently following up on leads and obtaining surveillance videos from nearby businesses. “Jugging” involves criminals that wait in bank parking lots and watch as customers exit the bank. Criminals then follow the victim to their next location, wait for them to leave the vehicle, and then burglarize it taking any cash or valuables left inside. In some cases, juggers will confront the victim directly to steal their valuables. A few things to be aware of while at the bank.
- Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line
- Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank
- Vehicles changing parking spaces
- Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants
- Vehicles with multiple occupants
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
- Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank
- If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and drive toward the Sheriff’s Office or Police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
- Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.
Always report suspicious activity to Round Rock Police by calling 512-218-5500.