Police across the D.C. area proceed to battle a rise in armed robberies referred to as “jugging.” These crimes occur at banks, however the robbers aren’t getting in and robbing financial institution tellers — they’re robbing the purchasers.

Police across the D.C. area proceed to battle a rise in armed robberies referred to as “jugging.” These crimes occur at banks, however the suspects aren’t getting in and robbing financial institution tellers — they’re robbing the purchasers.

Bowie Police Chief Dwayne Preston mentioned suspects are robbing individuals getting into or exiting the financial institution who appear to be carrying funds, equivalent to an envelope of money.

“They’re focusing on individuals and so they’re coming as much as them, armed typically with a handgun, and robbing them of these funds,” Preston mentioned.

A chase that began in Annapolis following one such incident final week ended with two suspects dying in a fiery crash alongside Southern Avenue in Southeast D.C. But that didn’t cease crews from repeatedly hitting banks in Bowie and different components of Prince George’s County, Maryland, within the ensuing days.

On Monday morning, an armed guard stood exterior a financial institution alongside Route 197 in Bowie after clients there have been robbed twice since July 3.

Bowie, and the remainder of the county, has seen a spike in these crimes these days, prompting that division and county police to supply security ideas when going to the financial institution.

In all, Bowie has seen 4 of those crimes since final Wednesday. It’s unclear what number of the remainder of the county has seen, however police officers mentioned they’re seeing a rise, too.

“What we’ve seen is that these items occur in succession,” Preston mentioned. “So it’s not occurring simply right here in Bowie. Generally, the identical suspects have been hitting both banks in Anne Arundel County or different components of Prince George’s County, but it surely’s the identical suspects. And it seems to be multiple crew.”

It’s not clear if these crews are linked, or simply committing the identical kind of crime. But he mentioned automobiles which were reported stolen are getting used, and the primary getaway route appears to be Route 50 again into D.C.

“It seems that both the automobiles have been recovered within the District or within the case of the deadly accident, that ended within the District of Columbia,” he mentioned. “So there appears to be a reference to D.C. by way of the place the suspects could also be coming from.”

But that side stays beneath investigation in the mean time, he added.

Preston’s recommendation is to concentrate to your environment and search for something that appears misplaced, equivalent to a car that’s parked however has a number of individuals nonetheless inside.

“Pay consideration to your environment… strive to not visibly have money or valuables in your hand,” the chief suggested. “Some persons are strolling out with money and envelopes and issues like that, so it makes you a better goal.”

And should you don’t should go alone, bringing a good friend would even be advisable, he mentioned.

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