Conyers police are urging customers to be alert to their surroundings after a recent series of vehicle and home break-ins that came after customers completed banking transactions.
There are reports that victims have had their vehicles broken into at their residence, or other business locations, immediately following departure from a local bank branch.
One such theft occurred in the Arby's parking lot in November of 2012. The victim had just left Bank of America when the suspect, now identified as Warren Oneal Jackson, 42, shattered their car window stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. Jackson is currently wanted. Jackson's last known address is 365 Hooper Street Atlanta, 30317. Should you know his whereabouts, please contact the Conyers Police Department at 770 483-6600 or the anonymous tip line 770 483-TIPS (8477).
On Monday, July 1 of this year, the Conyers Police Department investigated an entered auto report at Target where the victim was possibly followed from Wells Fargo. One suspect arrived in a gold van, possibly a Chevrolet, and followed the victim inside Target. A second suspect then broke in to the victim's vehicle before leaving the scene in a red SUV, possibly a Jeep. Anyone who is able to identify these suspects is asked to contact Detective Beaucher at 770 929-4216 or email@example.com. Anonymous tips may be called in to 770 483-TIPS (8477).
Here are a few simple theft prevention tips:
• Never take a business deposit to the bank alone. Make it your business policy to always have two personnel make bank runs.
• Do not openly carry bank bags or transaction envelopes into or out of the branch. Conceal your items in a purse or pocket when possible.
• Never leave a bank deposit or withdrawal in an unattended vehicle. Even if the bank bag is concealed in the glove box or console, the thief may still break in looking for valuables.
• Always be aware of your surroundings. Most banks do not permit you to be on your cell phone while inside so make it a habit of no calls or texts while anywhere on the premises. This way, you can avoid distractions and scan the parking lot to ensure you are not being followed to your next location.