Authorities say 'jugging' crimes at local banks return to SWLA

Authorities say 'jugging' crimes at local banks return to SWLA
(Source: Pablo)

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Three burglaries following transactions at local banks have been reported in Southwest Louisiana today, according to Sgt. Jeff Keenum, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman.

The burglars watched local banks for customers who entered the bank empty-handed, then came out with a bank bag or envelope, Keenum said. They followed the customer's vehicle in the hopes that the customer stopped somewhere and leave the bank bag or envelope in their vehicle. It that happened, the suspects broke into the vehicle and stole the bag or envelope.

The process, called "jugging," came to light in Southwest Louisiana in 2015.

Keenum said that a jugging incident was reported in Lake Charles around 10:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Third Avenue. Two more were reported in Sulphur.

All are believed to be related, Keenum said.

Det. Larry Newingham is the lead investigator for LCPD.

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