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HCSO investigates third 'bank jugging' incident in the last few months

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 04, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. --- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of the dangers of leaving cash and personal belongings in your vehicle.

The sheriff's office said they are investigating a new case of "bank jugging."

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On Nov. 1 at around 5:30 p.m., a victim withdrew $17,000 in cash from the TD Bank on 10821 Dale Mabry Hwy.

The victim placed the money into an envelope and then put it in the center console. They then drove to Lowes and left the money in the car.

While the victim was in the store, a suspect punched the lock on the victim's driver's side door and gained entry. The suspect then removed the $17,000 cash from the center console and fled the scene.

On Sept. 5, a similar incident happened.

A victim withdrew $10,000 cash from Wells Fargo at 13003 Dale Mabry Highway. They then went to another Wells Fargo location to make a second cash withdrawal.

While the victim was inside, a suspect punched out the victim's driver's door lock, took the $10,000 and fled the scene.

Officials said this is the third case involving bank jugging that the HCSO has investigated. Tampa police have also had bank jugging cases as well.

If anyone has any information, you are asked to contact the HCSO at (813) 247-8200.