‘It can happen in minutes’: Police warn central Texas residents not to fall victim to ‘banking scam’

(KWTX)- Authorities want central Texas residents to be more aware of “banking scams” where criminals look for customers exiting banks with cash and then follow unsuspecting victims in the hope that customers will leave money in their cars while doing other errands giving away money. criminals the opportunity to break into vehicles to steal money.

“This can really happen in minutes,” said Bellmead Police Department support lieutenant Andrew McGee.

Sergeant Casey Sheppard of the Temple Police Department said this could happen even if you make a quick stop before heading home.

“We had at least one case when a person went to a gas station. In the time it took them to fill up the car and go to the gas station, the money was seized,” Casey said.

The Killeen Police Department shared a video of a bank robbery in Round Rock, Texas to warn followers that the car in this case matches the description of the bank robbery situation that took place in Killeen in December.

“There’s been a big push for this over the last couple of years where it’s happened more often,” McGee said.

Authorities recommend not storing cash in the glove box, center console, or under the visor. They said the best option is to take the cash with you when you get out of the car.

“Here it all ends up in a burglary, which is obviously not a violent crime, but still scary sometimes, and it’s still a violation of having someone else in your car,” Sheppard said.

“Keeping cash with you is always better than leaving it unattended in your car. The thing is, people want to be able to leave things in their car and other people don’t mess around with them. But, unfortunately, this is not the world we live in today,” Casey said.

The Killeen Police Department said detectives received information that the same suspect vehicle was involved in two other burglaries in McLennan County.

The car is a black Toyota Rav4 made from 2019 to 2022 with either silver or gray wheels.

The suspect vehicle does not have a front license plate and a rear time tag.

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