ROYSE CITY, TX (May 24, 2023) The Royse City area has had two incidents of “Jugging” in the last week. A jugging is when a person goes to the bank and withdraws what appears to be a large amount of cash and is seen leaving the bank with the money. The person is then followed off from the bank by the criminals and their car is burglarized at their next stop. A lot of the time, the criminals will sit at a distance from the bank and use binoculars to watch for people leaving with large envelopes or bank bags. The criminals will then follow the unsuspecting person from the bank and wait for them to stop at another business. When the person gets out of their car, the criminals break in and steal the money.
What is most concerning about a jugging in Royse City that occurred on Friday, May 19th at 12:00 PM is how brazen the suspects were during the offense. The suspects followed a female victim from a bank in the city of Rockwall to a gas station in Royse City. As the victim was pumping gas on the driver’s side of the car, the suspects pulled up on the passenger side of her car, broke out her back passenger side window, jumped into the back seat of the vehicle and stole the victim’s money and other belongings.
Fortunately, the victim was not hurt during the incident but this could have easily turned into a robbery or violent crime. The Royse City Police Department wants to make people aware of this occurring in the area so they can take measures to help prevent themselves from becoming a jugging victim.
If you need to withdraw a large amount of cash from a bank, make sure before you leave the inside of the bank to conceal the money in your pocket or purse so it can’t be seen when you are exiting. After leaving the bank be aware of your surroundings and call 911 if you believe someone is following you. The 911 operator can direct you to the nearest police department or a safe location where an officer can meet you.
Also do not leave cash unattended in your vehicle if you need to make other stops after leaving the bank. The suspect vehicle in this case is a newer model Chrysler Pacifica Minivan, white in color. The license plate on the vehicle was stolen off a similar vehicle in Frisco. The Royse City Police Department is investigating the case and asks if anyone has any information regarding the suspects in this case to call the Royse City Police Department. A person with information can also contact Rockwall County Crimestoppers at 972-771-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous. A reward leading to the arrest of the suspects in this case is being offered.
Submitted press release by Sgt. Curtis Ryan, Public Information Officer, Royse City Police Department