Sumter police investigate carjacking | Crime
Three men are being sought after a carjacking was reported Friday night at Bank of America’s West Liberty Street branch.
At approximately 10:20 p.m., officers from the Sumter Police Department responded to the scene where they were advised by the victim that while sitting in his vehicle at the ATM, he was approached by three black males who presented a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the cash he had removed from the machine.
The victim stated he was then told to get out of his vehicle and to empty his pockets. After complying with the demands, the suspects drove away in the victim’s vehicle, leaving him unharmed.
Officers located the vehicle a short time later in an area near South Main Street.
Investigation of this incident continues and police ask that anyone with information about this crime contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or CrimeStoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
The Sumter Police Department recommend following these tips when using an ATM
• Utilize an ATM located inside an open business whenever possible.
• Avoid using street ATMs during night time hours; if necessary use ATMs that are well lighted and in public view.
• Always be aware of suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of the ATM. Trust your gut feeling. If things don’t feel right, avoid that ATM.
• Have ATM card out of your wallet or purse before approaching the ATM.
• Don’t withdraw large amounts of cash.
• Secure your money at the ATM. Don’t walk away with money in hand.
• If a robber demands your money, don’t argue or fight with the suspect. Note the robber’s description and give the robber the money.
• Get away as soon as it is safe to do so. Remember the money is not worth getting hurt over.
• Report all robberies to police as soon as possible by calling 911
If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.