What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?
Palm Beach Post reported that local law enforcement is seeing an increasing amount of a new crime called the “bump and rob.” This new crime victimizes drivers usually late at night. Police are issuing warnings to Palm Beach County residents saying if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car.
The new crime
From Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach, drivers are being robbed at gunpoint. The most recent incidents happened early Thursday. Around 3 a.m. in Delray Beach, a dark-colored Jeep brand SUV bumped another car traveling north on Military Trail near Atlantic Avenue.
The victim reportedly got out of his car to check whether it was damaged. The passenger and driver of the SUV approached him with a gun. The passenger shot the victim twice, but did not rob him or steal his car. Just about 30 minutes later, West Palm Beach police responded to a shooting on Churchill Road near Olive Avenue. In this case, the victim was hit from behind by a similar-looking SUV. When he got out of his car to check for damage, he was shot and robbed.
On May 12, between midnight and 6 a.m. the sheriff’s office responded to two “bump and rob” calls. The first took place in the 4400 block of Cherry Road when the victim was hit from behind and walked out of his car to check for damage and was confronted by two men wearing dark gloves and masks. One of the men took out a semiautomatic handgun, and took the man’s money and wallet. He was then forced to take the men to an ATM and withdraw cash.
In another incident, the victim was stopped at Lyons Road and Hypoluxo Road. He was bumped from behind and confronted by two men after getting out to check for damage. The victim was pistol whipped, and then forced to drive to an ATM and withdraw money.
If you have ever been charged with robbery, you need a criminal defense lawyer’s help immediately. Robbery charges often vary in severity depending on the crime. In the case of the bump and rob, you will most likely be charged with weapons charges as well. Have a criminal defense lawyer help you understand your situation and maybe help you lessen your charges.