St. Louis County police warn of ATM carjackings after incidents in Affton, St. Louis

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The St. Louis County Police Department is warning residents to be cautious of attempted carjackings while taking money out of ATMs, especially at night, after an armed carjacking at a bank ATM in Affton followed two similar incidents in St. Louis city and Manchester.

Police say that two victims were withdrawing money from an ATM at the U.S. Bank at 8301 Gravois Road in Affton at 3:50 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, when two male suspects in dark clothing pulled a black four-door vehicle beside the victims’ 2016 Ford Focus, displayed handguns and demanded money and other personal items.

The suspects forced the victims from their car, then fled the scene in the Ford Focus. They were followed by a third suspect driving the black car.

The only description police provided of the carjackers is that they are three black males, and two had long dreadlocks.

With a string of incidents seemingly happening, police said that the carjackers could block the ATM lane or pull alongside a person’s car while that person is using the ATM.

“Because of the similarities to other cases and its violent nature, our detectives are asking residents to be aware of their surroundings when using ATMs any time of day, particularly after dark,” police said.

Police from the Affton Southwest Precinct responded to the scene, and detectives with the Bureau of Crimes Against Persons are investigating.

Anyone with information should contact the detectives at (636) 529-8210 or call

CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.