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Police seek pair who used ‘sticky trap device’ in attempt to steal bank deposits

Police are looking for two people tied to the attempted theft of deposits from a bank in Jamestown. Submitted photo

Jamestown police are looking for a couple of sticky bandits who were recently left empty handed.

Police are asking the public’s help in identifying two people who they believe attempted to use a “sticky trap device” in an effort to steal bank deposits — and likely not for the first time either. The attempt, which occurred early Saturday at Lake Shore Savings Bank in Jamestown, ultimately failed, police stated in a news release.

The department on Tuesday released a photograph taken from surveillance video showing the pair, believed to be a man and woman. Bank employees found the device upon opening the 115 E. Fourth St. location on Saturday and contacted authorities.

“The device was designed to be used as a fishing-type instrument and when deployed into the drop box, would attach itself to a deposit bag, allowing the thieves to retrieve the deposit,” JPD said in its news release. “The device, however, failed and the device became stuck in the drop box and no deposits or funds were reported as stolen.”

Previous attempts, utilizing similar “sticky trap” devices, were also unsuccessful at two banks this spring. Investigators believe all three attempts may be connected “due to nature and design of device,” Capt. Robert Samuelson said.

If found, those responsible face attempted grand larceny charges as well as possible federal charges.

Anyone with information regarding the attempted thefts is asked to call JPD at 483-7537 or the anonymous tip line at 483-Tips (8477).

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