OAKLAND — Hours after police put out a public security advisory about an “uptick” in robberies at ATMs, a minimum of two extra individuals have been victimized Monday night time at machines exterior a Montclair district financial institution and on Lakeshore Avenue.
The financial institution sufferer was a 76-year-old girl and the Lakeshore Avenue sufferer a 51-year-old man, authorities stated.
Police stated it doesn’t seem right now that the Monday robberies have been dedicated by the identical suspects.
The lady was robbed by a minimum of one man about 10:14 p.m. Monday exterior the Wells Fargo Financial institution department within the Village Sq. Purchasing Middle, 2220 Mountain Blvd. The lady was compelled to present the suspect money she had simply withdrawn from an ATM machine. The suspect then made her withdraw some extra money and provides it to him, police stated. The suspect fled on foot. The lady was not injured.
About 11:45 p.m., the 51-year-old man was confronted by 4 suspects, together with a minimum of one armed with a gun, at an ATM exterior the Wells Fargo Financial institution department, 3348 Lakeshore Ave. at Trestle Glen Highway.
He was compelled to show over an undisclosed amount of money and cell telephones, authorities stated. The person was not harm.
Detailed descriptions of the suspects within the Monday night time robberies haven’t been launched.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are providing as much as $2,500 in reward cash within the Monday robberies for info resulting in the arrests of the suspects. Anybody with info could name police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Police had issued a public security advisory late Monday afternoon through emails and their social media platforms alerting individuals about an uptick in ATM robberies. There have been nicely over a dozen such robberies all through the town this month, investigators stated. Not all have been dedicated by the identical suspects. Robberies general are up 14 p.c thus far this 12 months over final 12 months right now, in accordance with division information.
In some instances victims have been robbed on the machines and in others the sufferer has been adopted residence or to a different location after utilizing an ATM and robbed, the advisory stated.
As a part of the advisory, police offered ideas on the way to scale back the chance of being robbed at an ATM
Amongst them is at any time when attainable use an ATM inside a financial institution department, following a withdrawal instantly put the money away, and all the time scan the world and look ahead to suspicious individuals or exercise round an ATM. And if you happen to understand you might be being adopted drive to a secure place together with the police division or a fireplace station and name 911.
To take care of the rise, police stated extra officers have been deployed to the areas focused by robbers.