Victims Targeted After Withdrawing Funds

Victims Targeted After Withdrawing Funds

Detectives are investigating several incidents of victims being targeted after visiting a bank or financial institution. Here is some information on  how to avoid and stay safe.

In several incidents in Fairfax County, suspects have observed victims withdraw a significant amount of cash from a bank. The suspects then follow the victim as they drive away. The victims in these cases park their cars at another location, leaving the money in the vehicle. The suspects then break the window of the car and steal the money.

At 3:13 p.m. on Sept. 15, a victim withdrew $9500 from a local bank. When the victim entered his vehicle and began to drive off, his tire pressure sensor illuminated. The victim exited his vehicle and noticed one of his tires was punctured. The victim was approached by a Hispanic man in his mid to late 30s, wearing a black t-shirt and carrying a backpack. The suspect advised that he had a fix-a-flat kit in his backpack. As the victim was tending to the tire, the suspect stated that he needed another kit and left. The victim checked his vehicle and realized the money, which was in the center console, was gone.

Through investigations, officers determined the suspect was watching the victim as he arrived and left the bank. The suspect punctured the tire of the victim’s vehicle and followed the victim as he drove away.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Franconia Police Station at 703-922-0889 and ask to speak with a detective. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

A year-to-date chart of suspected jugging scams being handled by our Criminal Investigation Division.

To protect oneself from becoming a victim, the FCPD encourages community members to take precautions such as:

1. Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to anyone who may be observing your activities outside a bank or financial institution.

2. Conceal cash and bank-related items: Store cash in a discreet manner, such as in a purse or wallet, and avoid displaying bank bags or envelopes that may draw attention. Do not leave cash unattended in your vehicle. If you do, consider locking it in the glove box.

3. Vary your routine: Criminals often look for patterns, so it is advisable to change your habits regarding banking and cash withdrawals.

4. Secure your vehicle: Ensure that your vehicle is locked, windows are closed, and valuables are not visible, reducing the likelihood of becoming a target.

5. Report suspicious activity: If you notice someone acting suspiciously or believe you are being followed, report it to the police as soon as possible.

It is important to remember that jugging robberies can occur in different locations and circumstances, so remaining vigilant and taking appropriate safety measures is essential to minimize the risk of becoming a victim.