Cars burglarized in Austin ‘bank jugging’ cases

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say they have seen a significant increase in the number of “bank jugging” incidents.

In a bank jugging, a suspect stalks a person who has just left the bank, following them until they park and leave their vehicle. The suspect will then break into the vehicle and steal the money withdrawn from the bank.

The first investigative lead for the 2015 jugging cases came on Aug. 29, when a man’s car was burglarized on Teri Road after visiting a bank to cash a check. A witness was able to give police the suspect’s license plate number

Ricky Jamal Bridgewater, 27, and James Lee Gilbert, Jr., 24, were charged with theft and organized criminal activity. The cases took place between April 24, 2015 and August 2015.

Cedric Henderson, 27, through phone records, was linked to the bank jugging incidents. He has been charged with organized criminal activity, a second degree felony.

The three have been linked to more than 10 cases.

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