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Suspects arrested in theft of $10,000 cash from vehicle

'Jugging' suspects followed victim from bank, ransacked his vehicle, police say

Fairfax County police have obtained warrants for two suspects and are looking for a third in connection with a March “bank jugging” incident in which a victim’s money was stolen after he visited a bank.

On March 21 at 3:13 p.m., the victim withdrew $10,000 from a bank in the 6300 block of Backlick Road in Springfield and drove to a nearby shopping center in the McLean Police District. When he returned to his vehicle, he found it was damaged and the money was missing. Surveillance footage captured multiple suspects and a vehicle involved in the theft, police said.

According to detectives, a group of criminals surveilled the victim at the bank and followed him to the shopping center to commit the theft.

Detectives have obtained warrants for Pedro Bernal Montoya, 43, of New Jersey and Antonio Ramos Acevedo, 33, of New York for their alleged involvement in the larceny. A third suspect is described as a Hispanic female and may go by “Mariana.”

Detectives ask anyone who may have information about this case to call the McLean District Station at (703) 556-7750 and ask to speak with a detective. Tips also may be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards and should leave contact information if they wish for a detective to follow up with them.

To protect oneself from becoming a victim of a bank jugging, county police encourage the public to:

• Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to anyone who may be observing your activities outside a bank or financial institution.

• Conceal cash and bank-related items: Store cash in a discreet manner, such as in a purse or wallet, and avoid displaying bank bags or envelopes that may draw attention. Do not leave cash unattended in your vehicle. If you do, consider locking it in the glove box.

• Vary your routine: Criminals often look for patterns, so it is advisable to change your habits regarding banking and cash withdrawals.

• Secure your vehicle: Ensure that your vehicle is locked, windows are closed and valuables are not visible, reducing the likelihood of becoming a target.

• Report suspicious activity: If you notice someone acting suspiciously or believe you are being followed, report it to the police as soon as possible.

Jugging robberies can occur in different locations and circumstances, so remaining vigilant and taking appropriate safety measures is essential to minimize the risk of becoming a victim, police said.