FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016
Fishers, (Indiana) – Investigators with the Fishers Police Department are seeking information regarding a strong-arm robbery that occurred on Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Chase Bank located at 9601 Lantern Road (96th Street and Lantern Rd).
Shortly after 9am, this past Saturday, officers from the Fishers Police Department, the Carmel Police Department, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of a robbery near the Chase Bank. Officers quickly established a perimeter. An extensive search was conducted, however the suspect remains at large. The victim reported being struck from behind as he walked away from the walk-up ATM. The suspect stole the victim’s wallet and ran away. During the assault the victim sustained minor injuries. He was transported to the hospital for additional medical treatment.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Detective Cesar Rodriguez at 317-595-3346.
20-30 years old
Brown hair/Brown eyes
Slender build with a short beard
Wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and shorts
Please consider the following ATM safety tips:
- Always pay close attention to the ATM and your surroundings. Don't select an ATM at the corner of a building -- corners create a blind spot. Use an ATM located near the center of a building. Do your automated banking in a public, well-lighted location that is free of shrubbery and decorative partitions or dividers.
- Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction. Be wary of people trying to help you with ATM transactions. Be aware of anyone sitting in a parked car nearby. When leaving an ATM make sure you are not being followed. If you are, drive immediately to a police or fire station, or to a crowded, well-lighted location or business.
- Do not use an ATM that appears unusual looking or offers options with which you are not familiar or comfortable.
- Do not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN. Memorize your PIN; never write it on the back of your card. Do not re-enter your PIN if the ATM eats your card -- contact a bank official.
- Do not wear expensive jewelry or take other valuables to the ATM. This is an added incentive to the assailant.
- Never count cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are in your car or another secure place.
- When using a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running, your doors locked and leave enough room to maneuver between your car and the one ahead of you in the drive-up line.
- Maintain a supply of deposit envelopes at home or in your car. Prepare all transaction paperwork prior to your arrival at the ATM. This will minimize the amount of time spent at the machine.
- Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balances, and immediately report any problems to your bank.
- If you are involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands your money, COMPLY.
Source: The Electronic Funds Transfer Association, and the Los Angeles Police Department.