St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara has words of caution for people using ATM machines to withdraw money at night in remote areas:
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara has words of caution for people using ATM machines to withdraw money at night in remote areas: "Be aware of your surroundings, and watch out for strangers who could make you the victim of a robbery. Better still, find an ATM in an area where there others, and bring someone with you."
Saturday night, county resident Christopher Player was held up at the PNC Bank ATM at 5700 Turnpike Feeder Road in northern St. Lucie County.
"Even though we made two arrests, we still need more information," Sheriff Mascara said. "I am asking anyone who can help us with this case to call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 (TIPS) to leave your information anonymously and be eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest."
Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Player was withdrawing money from the ATM, when three young men approached from around the corner with handguns and with their shirts pulled up over their faces. A fourth youth acted as lookout while the other three forced Player to withdraw money from the ATM until there was no more money in his account.
The youths ran away just before deputies flooded the area. A Sheriff's Office K-9 team was able to track the youths to 5006 Sanibel Ave., Apt. A, almost one mile southwest of the scene of the robbery.
Inside the apartment, deputies recovered money taken in the robbery. Detectives arrested teen-agers Maurice Taylor and Samuel Smith for armed robbery. The investigation is continuing with more arrests possible.
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