Meanwhile, violent ‘bank jugging’ robberies on the rise in Southern California
The luck seems to have run out for one band of Christmas-time robbers who encountered Marine recruiters from a nearby military recruitment center at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California.
The robbery happened Tuesday, at a jewelry store in the mall. According to Torrance police, four people wearing hoodies and covering their faces used hammers to smash the glass of the display cases and grab as much jewelry as they could.
Two of the suspects were able to escape, but the other two were taken to the ground by Marine recruiters and bystanders who heard the robbery unfold, and were able to detain the two suspects, both minors, until police were able to get there.
“[It was] the Marines. The Marine Corps… They stepped up, they tackled them down,” said Ralph, who captured the robbery on video. “Two got away, two got tackled down, and they stepped it up. That’s enough. Time to fight back.”
The two minors were taken into custody. Police also said that they were able to recover a “large amount” of jewelry from the scene.
Officers responded to masked suspects with hammers & gloves stealing from a jewelry store within the mall. The suspects fled but nearby military personnel & by-standers held 2 suspects until TPD arrived. Great work to all involved & shout-out to @USMC Recruitment #SouthBay! 🇺🇸👏 pic.twitter.com/RH8ZdjpODr
— Torrance Police (@TorrancePD) December 21, 2022
Unfortunately, Marines cannot be stationed everywhere in California. Police are now alerting people to be careful as a spike in violent “bank jugging” robberies is rising across Southern California.
“Bank jugging” involves thieves staking out potential victims in bank parking lots while following them to their next destination in order to rob them. They typically target those who have withdrawn large amounts of cash.
Busy shopping centers are prime spots for suspects searching for their next target.
“These are dangerous crimes,” Lt. Derek Green with the Burbank Police Department tells KTLA’s John Fenoglio. “The crime is usually when a group of people follow unsuspecting victims to a bank and wait for them to withdraw a large amount of cash. Once the victim leaves the bank, they follow them to their intended destination.”
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