Texas police said they tracked down five suspects who committed a series of “jugging” robberies, including one involving an 82-year-old man who was left bloodied and beaten.
The victim, who wanted to keep his identity private, told KPRC-TV that he was attacked in a parking lot in Pearland after he went to the bank.
Surveillance video showed the attacker hop out of a white car and run toward the man, then run back to the car after only 10 seconds.
“I was disoriented,” the victim recalled. “It was so fast that when I turned around, they have already gone.”
He said he was hit on the neck behind his neck and the robber stole his wallet containing $400.
Pearland Police Officer Chad Rogers said that the crew appeared to be operating numerous “jugging” incidents between October and November. The cash stolen added up to about $15,000.
“They were watching people going in and out of the bank, looking for people that were leaving the bank with money bags in their hands or the envelopes the cash is in,” he explained.
The group used rental cars and temporary tags in order to elude detection, but police were able to utilize footage from license-plate reading cameras in order to find them. Rogers said that all of the victims were over the age of 60 years.
“The elderly were targeted, but this could be anybody. It’s really about just situational awareness,” he explained.
The suspects were given bonds ranging from $500,000 to $750,000 after being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. They are currently being detained at the Brazoria County Jail.
The victim said he was glad they were arrested and offered advice to others to avoid jugging attacks.
“Be very careful. When you are in any parking lot anywhere, look around constantly,” he said.
Here’s a video about the arrests:
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