Two men from Houston face charges after officers caught them “jugging.”
According to El Paso Police, jugging is a developing crime trend in which thieves specifically target persons that appear to have made a withdrawal from either a bank or ATM. Criminals involved in jugging conduct surveillance at banks or ATM’s and then follow their unsuspecting victim to another location where they actually rob the victims or break into the victim’s car to steal the proceeds of the withdrawals.
23-year-old Anthony Hackett and 29-year-old Napoleon Harris are both charged with burglary of vehicle theft.
Police say on March 8, officers responded to a vehicle burglary at a bank in East El Paso. On March 9, police conducted surveillance and that’s when police say Hackett and Harris followed a victim who just made a withdrawal. According to police, Hackett and Harris broke into the victim’s car when he went into a store. Police arrested the men and recovered the money. The victim reportedly told the officers he was in town for a funeral and the recovered money was withdrawn to help pay for funeral expenses.
Both Hackett and Harris were booked at the El Paso County Detention Facility. Bond for each is set at $17,5000.