- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

Prince George's County police are looking for a man who has robbed at least five bank customers at automated teller machines.
The robbery outside a Temple Hills bank at 6 a.m. March 17 was typical, said Crime Solvers Cpl. Diane Richardson.
The victim walked up to the ATM in the 7100 block of Allentown Road. The suspect approached, pulled a gun and ordered the victim to withdraw money.
The victim complied. With the currency in hand, the suspect climbed into a gray or silver four-door car, perhaps a Chevrolet Celebrity, and drove away.
The Prince George's County robberies are part of a national trend in which criminals are targeting either the machines, their customers or both.
The American Bankers Association in Chicago estimates 2,250 robberies at ATMs in the United States every month. That adds up to one every 17 minutes.
Most of the robbery victims are pedestrians, but motorists are advised to lock their car doors when they use ATMs.
The problem has become bad enough in New York that lawmakers this year considered legislation that would require banks and businesses to install panic buttons next to their ATMS so customers could call 911.
In Raleigh, N.C., thieves last year were yanking portable machines loose and hauling them off to secluded places after convenience and merchandise stores closed for the night.
Thieves in Miami last year were robbing some ATMs twice in one day prying them open and waiting for attendants to restock the machines with currency before hitting them again.
In December, Kansas City police said two young men were part of a gang that focused on robbing ATM customers those on foot and not in cars in Kansas City and nearby Overland Park, Kan.
Canadian authorities in November said members of Russian and European organized crime gangs had carried off ATM robberies.
Throughout Canada, the robbers added devices that would retain customers' ATM cards and entry codes. After customers departed, robbers would obtain their cards and withdraw "hundreds of thousands of dollars," police said.
The Prince George's ATM robber has been videotaped by a surveillance camera.
He is a black male in his 20s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build. On March 17, he was wearing a black hat, a black, long-sleeved shirt and baggy blue jeans.
The police Crime Solvers will pay $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Solvers at 301/735-1111.

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