Police: Thieves Cutting Tires To Steal From ATM Customers

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Getting a flat tire is annoying, but now Dallas police say it could also be an elaborate trap set to rob you. It’s all part of a larger scheme that has thieves staking out local banks.

Dallas police say the criminals target business owners and follow them after they withdraw money from the bank. In some cases, the robbers use sharp objects to puncture victims’ tires, which ultimately go flat. Thieves approach the car and steal the cash when the victim stops to change the tire.

In another case, robbers followed a victim to a gas station. Ken Stierwalt says he found out the hard way to remember to be careful when getting money out of the ATM.

Stierwalt says it was before Christmas when he withdrew money from inside a bank on Walnut Hill Lane, just east of Interstate-35E. After…

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