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Don't leave cash in your car, motorists warned

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Commandant of the St Ann police, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, is urging motorists in St Ann not to leave large sums of money in their vehicles and to be extra careful when conducting financial transactions.

His warning came in light of three robberies in the parish last week involving motorists who had withdrawn large sums of money from financial institutions and left the cash in their vehicles.

"On August 25, a motorist came from the bank with a million dollars and he stopped somewhere in Ocho Rios to do some personal business, leaving his car unlocked. The doors were closed but not keyed, and culprits entered the vehicle and stole the money," Cameron told The Gleaner.

Another motorist reportedly lost a large sum of cash after he withdrew money from a bank in

St Ann's Bay and was trailed to Runaway Bay where he eventually stopped to conduct some business. After he exited the vehicle, robbers broke in and stole the money.

"What we recognise [is that] customers of banks are being trailed [to] various destinations, even outside of St Ann, and at the first opportunity, the men will break into the vehicle, or, where the vehicle is left unlocked, they will open the door, open the trunk and take the money," Cameron stated.

"We are doing everything we can to try and crack this, but in the meantime, they need to also take care of their personal security," Cameron urged.