Bank Jugging Task Force nets two arrests in New Caney

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Dewayne Lee Waldrup and David Jereome Thomas

Two suspects were arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Bank Jugging Task Force on Oct. 25. The task force’s mission is to identify suspects involved with the crime commonly referred to as “Bank Jugging.”

Bank Jugging is when criminals watch banks seeking to identify customers who appear to have made withdrawals, and target those individuals as they leave the banks.  Often, the suspects follow the victims until they stop at another location, commonly restaurants or other stores, then they break into the victim’s vehicles to steal the cash.

During this operation in New Caney, the task force was comprised of members from the Sheriff’s Auto Theft Task Force, Homicide/Violent Crimes, Organized Crime, East and West Precinct Detectives, K-9, Patrol as well as the FBI Task Force.  Units began surveillance and identified a vehicle and suspects that began following potential targets from the bank.  Sheriff’s Officials said the suspect vehicle lost their potential targets on two different occasions, but on the third attempt the suspects followed a vehicle to the Walmart parking lot in New Caney.  When the victim left their vehicle, the suspects approached it and attempted to break the window.  At that time, both suspects were taken into custody by the task force.

Sheriff’s officials said the suspects were identified as David Jereome Thomas, Jr., 33, and Dewayne Lee Waldrup, 39. They were arrested for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Manufacture with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Forgery and Fraudulent Possession/Use of Identifying Information.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to remind our citizens to make efforts to conceal your business transactions, specifically, and hide the bank bags when coming and going from banks to make it harder for criminals to identify you as potential victims.

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