|3/7/2014 - Bump and Rob Crime is Back in Palm Beach County|
|Robbers drive up behind a vehicle, bump the rear of the car just enough to make the driver stop and get out, then rob the driver and any passengers at gunpoint.|
The crime that plagued Palm Beach County in 2011 surfaced again Wednesday in a robbery near a Chase bank branch in the 1000 block of South Federal Highway, north of Linton Boulevard, police said.
The victim told police he had just left the bank after cashing a check when a white car crashed into the back of his car. The man pulled over and got out to check his rear bumper.
Two men got out of the white car and pulled out a handgun. They tied the victim’s wrists with rope and demanded money, police said.
The victim said he had no money, but one man reached into the victim’s shirt pocket and removed his cash. The second man tried getting into the victim’s car but it was locked, police said.
Both men left the area in the white car, which had no license plate.
The bump and rob crime was first reported in the county in May 2011. Police said five men, who have since been arrested, were responsible for the crimes, which took place through September typically between midnight and 6 a.m. in areas from Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach.
The fifth man was arrested after the crime was featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.”
The alleged robbers would drive up behind a vehicle, bump the rear of the car just enough to make the driver stop and get out, then rob the driver and any passengers at gunpoint.
The crimes happened so often that officials warned early-morning drivers not to get out of their vehicles if bumped from behind.
In May 2011, drivers were shot in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach after they were bumped from behind. In June a man and woman were carjacked and then forced into the trunk.
Police urge residents to pay attention to their surroundings. They said these men may be targeting people leaving banks.
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