Second late-night ATM robbery attempt in last month
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — In a month’s time, two different ATM’s, two late night deposits, three miles apart.
Police are still going through the latest BB&T surveillance video, trying to determine if the same suspects are involved.
The BB&T on Skipwith near Broad Street is the latest location, where police say an armed robber approached a victim making a late-night deposit in the ATM drive-thru.
“Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, our manager fought the guy off and, with the gentlemen’s arm in his vehicle, he dragged him 5 to 10 feet,” said Eric Malone, the owner of Rymtime, an auto supply store, whose employee was depositing the day’s receipts.
The suspect was able to run off, hop a fence and disappear into darkness. But not before that Rymtime manager got a good description, especially of the gun, just centimeters from his face.
“Pretty close, so much so he could read the serial numbers on it, but like I said, he got a good description,” said Malone. “He kept calm, cool and collected and gave all that info to our wonderful police force.”
Last month, a similar but successful robbery happened at the Volla Park Bank of America on Parham. There were two suspects in that case, and just one at the BB&T. But the suspect’s age range, according to investigators, is the same. Police are working to find out if these two had anything to do with BB&T incident, a crime causing Rymtime owner Eric Malone to tell his employees to double up.
“Safety in numbers, I guess,” said Malone “Attack in a pack, we are sending our guys in more than one vehicle now if we make drops.” Malone added that whoever the suspect or suspects are, they were lucky this time, considering normally his manager carries a gun.
Henrico Police hoping want people to avoid doing late night deposits but if you have to they say drive around the building, be aware of your surroundings and if you don’t feel right, just leave.
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