AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Numerous bank customers have been held up at gunpoint recently as robbers are stalking ATMs in Aurora.
Police say suspects are approaching their victims as they get cash from an ATM. In some cases the robbers follow the victims to their home.
“We’ve had several ATM robberies from Dec. 23 to Jan. 19,” Officer Diana Cooley with Aurora police said.
As victims try to get cash from both drive-up and walk-up ATM’s, a stranger approaches them and demands they hand over the money.
“These victims are being robbed at gunpoint,” Cooley said.
At least two of the many incidents happened at the Wells Fargo ATM near Mississippi Avenue and Sable Street where a security camera captured a suspect pointing a gun at the victim.
Aurora police say if the person using the ATM is a man, two suspects go in for the cash. But if the victim is a woman there’s only one robber, and that suspect doesn’t make his move at the ATM.
“Our female victims, after completing a transaction at the ATM, are being followed home, and at that point a suspect comes out and robs them at gunpoint,” Cooley said.
In every case police say the suspects are able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money. Nobody has been hurt so far, but police worry that could change.
As authorities try to track down the robbers they’re asking the public to use caution.
“Make sure to just be aware of their surroundings when they’re at ATMs, or really in their daily routine,” Cooley said.
Police have a basic description of one of the suspects. He’s believed to be Hispanic, about 5-foot-6, 160 pounds and possibly driving a dark sedan.
Additional Information Form The Aurora Police Department
Anyone with information in regards to these cases is asked to call Detective Brandon Rinnan at 303 739 6112. Tipster can also call Metro Denver Crime at (720) 913-STOP (7876). They may also text their tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and the use the title DMCS and then their message. Tipsters may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to two thousand dollars ($2000).