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Thieves Target Bank Customers leaving banks

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A warning for you. Several people have been followed and robbed after leaving the bank. At the Aracely Apartments on Capitol in Southeast Houston the owner of the property returned from the bank and was ambushed by two young men, in broad daylight, Monday afternoon around 12:30. "She speaks Spanish. I could hear the banging in the background. I couldn't understand what she was saying because it was so loud. Finally, I heard her say 'aqui. Here emergency. Come, come, come'. She was so scared," explains Aracely property manager Jim Carroll. Carroll says his boss frantically called him on the phone as the two men were smashing large rocks into her pick up truck window trying to get inside. They ran off when the windows wouldn't break and the woman put the pick-up in reverse.

The motion activated cameras took a few seconds to start rolling. "We've got twelve cameras here," Carroll explains. He has now turned the surveillance video over to police and he posted it on-line in hopes of someone recognizing these guys and turning them in.

Houston police confirm, since last month, a number of people have been robbed after leaving the bank. One woman who was held up last month says the thieves physically assaulted her and stole her money after she returned to her company from the bank. She says it's now company policy for employees to carry guns.

Meanwhile, there are also a few changes around the Aracely Apartments, including, residents can no longer use cash to pay rent. If you have any information about who's committing the robberies you can report them to police anonymously at 713-222-TIPS.

"I wish I would have been out here (when the attempted thieves attacked) and so do other people that live here because they wouldn't have walked out of the parking lot. They would have been carried out because everybody's protective of everybody here and everybody likes this owner," says Carroll.

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