Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Hosts Bank Jugging Task Force, Nets Two Arrests

By: Steven Squier
| Published 10/29/2019

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- On October 25, 2019 the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office hosted a task force with the mission of identifying 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, Texas, the task force was comprised of members from Montgomery County Texas Sheriff’s Auto Theft Task Force, Homicide/Violent Crimes, Organized Crime, East and West Precinct Detectives, K-9, and 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. The suspect vehicle lost their potential targets on two different occasions; however, 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.

The suspects were identified as David Jereome Thomas Jr (B/M 33 yoa) and Dewayne Lee Waldrop (B/M 39 yoa), and were arrested for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (Misdemeanor B), Manufacture with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony 1), Forgery (Felony 3) and Fraudulent Possession/Use of Identifying Information (State Jail Felony.)

Montgomery County Texas Sheriff would like to take this opportunity to remind our citizens to make efforts to conceal your business transactions, specifically, 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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