AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are urging people to be on alert after they leave their bank due to recent ‘bank jugging’ cases.
Police say they’ve seen a pattern of vehicle burglaries where the victims have been followed away from a bank. Once a victim stops at another location and gets out of the vehicle without the bank bag or envelope from the bank, the suspects break into the car and steal the money.
Earlier this year, Austin police arrested Deaundric Augbon, 29, after Houston police informed them that Augbon has been known to travel the state of Texas to commit bank jugging crimes. Last year, APD said there were nearly 50 cases of bank jugging in Austin.
Tips from APD on how to avoid being a victim:
- When making an transaction at a bank secure the money in a wallet or purse before walking outside the institution
- When leaving the financial institution make sure you are not followed by another vehicle
- After leaving the financial intuition do not leave the money in your vehicle