Bethany Freudenthal Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 7:42 PM EDT Sep 17, 2019
LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces police are looking for the driver of a gold Honda Accord believed to have fictitious license plates, who has allegedly been targeting customers at banks in Las Cruces and Carlsbad.
Police report two incidences within the last few weeks of customers who have driven away from area banks, and had their unattended vehicles burglarized at their next stop.
During a third incident, a man told police he was leaving a Wells Fargo Bank and was allegedly approached by the suspect who attempted to grab a bank bag out of the man’s hands. No injuries were reported during this incident and the suspect was not apprehended.
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Carlsbad police also received complaints of similar incidences there and are investigating a robbery that occurred shortly after a customer left a bank and drove to a different location, where he stopped his vehicle.
During that incident, the suspect allegedly beat the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of money.
Police say the perpetrators appear to be traveling in a gold Honda Accord with New Mexico plates. Las Cruces police obtained video of the vehicle during an auto burglary on Aug. 27. The video shows the Honda Accord pull up to a parked minivan. A man exits the Accord, enters the driver’s door of the minivan and steals personal property from the victim’s vehicle. The man was in and out of the minivan in seconds.
Police believe the Honda Accord has a fictitious license plate attached — New Mexico Chile AAJK79.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for information that identifies the perpetrators. Anyone with information that can help identify the driver, the accomplice or the location of the vehicle is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be provided through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS.” The app is available through the App Store on most devices.
Those who provide tips through Crime Stoppers do not have to leave their own name and will remain completely anonymous.
Bethany Freudenthal can be reached at [email protected], 575-541-5449 or @bethanyfreuden1 on Twitter.
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