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'Jugging' Crime Trend On The Rise In Carrollton

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CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) - They watch people leave banks, follow them to their next stop and then pounce.

Police call it "jugging."

The crime targets victims are solely for the money or documents they take from a visit to their bank.

Carrollton Police report it has happened nine times in the last few months.

"When I saw no window, I felt violated actually," said John, one of the latest victims.

John does not want his last name used because all of his personal information was stolen during the crime.

"It's creepy because you don't think it could happen to you," said John. "I'd like to think that I'm pretty aware of my surroundings, but that day I definitely wasn't."

John said he was inside a Chase Bank in Addison for about an hour. When he walked out, he carried a bank receipt and put it in his glove box. Police said someone was watching.

"I had no idea anybody was following my actually. It's scary," said John.

After a quick workout, he returned to his car and saw shattered glass on the ground and realized the thieves left behind his sunglasses, a phone charger and other items.

They only took his bank receipt that had all of his personal information.

"Cost 200 bucks to replace the window and they got a slip of paper," said John.

In other cases, police said the bandits made away with thousands of dollars in cash from people who left it unattended in the vehicles.

A few miles away in neighboring Plano, police said victims reported 15 similar jugging burglaries since the start of 2016.

Investigators urge drivers to take visible routes home and to not leave bank items out in the open.

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