Two Texas men have charged in the April 9 robbery outside Croson’s Deli and Market along Rt. 50, when a large sum of money was taken from an employee who had returned to work from a bank.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the robbery was similar to thefts plaguing the Houston, TX area and which has become known as “bank jugging.” The term describes suspects who stakeout bank parking lots and watch for customers who leave with large sums of money. The suspects then try to steal the money from the victim’s vehicle when it is left unattended or they engage in a strong-arm robbery.
In the Loudoun robbery, the Croson’s Deli and Market employee had traveled from a bank in Annandale before he was assaulted and robbed of the money by one of the suspects in the store’s parking lot.
During the investigation, detectives identified the suspects and learned that just prior to the robbery, they had traveled from the Houston area to Washington, DC. They returned to Texas shortly after the incident.
Rodney T. Wilson, 39, and Roderick J. Glenn, 38, of Houston, have been charged in the case. Wilson remains held in Texas and is awaiting extradition to Virginia. Glenn is also being held on local charges out of Texas.
This was the first bank jugging known to be reported in the region.The Sheriff’s Office is advising individuals and business owners who carry large sums of money to and from banks to take these following safety measures:
- Be discreet.
- Don’t carry money in bank bags, bank envelopes, and other large bags seemingly holding cash. If possible, stow money in a purse or pocket.
- Don’t leave valuables in your car.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Make sure no one follows you.
- If you feel you are being followed, keep driving and call 911.