CONYERS — Area residents are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings after bank customers have reported their vehicles broken into shortly have completing bank transactions.
The Conyers Police Department reported that victims have had their vehicles broken into at their homes or at business locations after leaving local bank branches.
The CPD offers these theft prevention tips:
• Never take a business deposit to the bank alone. Make it your business policy to always have two personnel make bank runs.
• Do not openly carry bank bags or transaction envelopes into or out of the branch. Conceal your items in a purse or pocket when possible.
• Never leave a bank deposit or withdrawal in an unattended vehicle. Even if the bank bag is concealed in the glove box or console, the thief may still break in looking for valuables.
• Always be aware of your surroundings. Most banks do not permit you to be on your cell phone while inside, so make it a habit of no calls or texts while anywhere on the premises. This way, you can avoid distractions and scan the parking lot to ensure you are not being followed to your next location.
On July 1 a woman reported that someone stole $1,000 from her locked car after she withdrew the money from Wells Fargo Bank and then went to Target on Ga. Highway 20 South. The woman told police she put the money in a zippered bag and hid it under the car seat before going into the store.
Police said the victim was possibly followed from the bank. Security video showed one suspect arrived in a gold van, possibly a Chevrolet, and followed the victim inside Target. A second suspect then broke into the victim’s vehicle before leaving the scene in a red SUV, possibly a Jeep.
When the victim returned to her car about 30 minutes later, she found the driver’s side window of her car shattered and the money and zippered bag gone.
Anyone with information on the suspects in this case is asked to contact Detective Beaucher at 770 929-4216 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips may be called in to 770 483-TIPS (8477).
A similar incident was reported in the Arby’s parking lot on Ga. Highway 138 in November. According to the CPD, the victim had just left Bank of America when the suspect, now identified as Warren Oneal Jackson, 42, shattered their car window and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Police are looking for Jackson, whose last known address is 365 Hooper St., Atlanta. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Conyers Police Department at 770-483-6600 or the anonymous tip line 770 483-TIPS (8477).