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Robbers hold up Waukegan ATM users

A skimming device was attached lobby ATM Northern Trust Bank 265 E. Deerpath Lake Forest record account numbers personal identificatinumbers

A skimming device was attached to the lobby ATM at Northern Trust Bank at 265 E. Deerpath in Lake Forest to record account numbers and personal identification numbers of customers who used the ATM from December 2012. | Sun-Times file

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Updated: January 29, 2013 6:29AM

WAUKEGAN — Police are warning people to stay away from outdoor ATM machines after dark because there have been two armed robberies and two attempted armed robberies in the past few days.

The incidents occurred at various banks in the city when customers were approached after they made a withdrawal from the automated teller machine at night. The victims were approached by at least two suspects after their transactions and ordered to surrender their money or to withdraw more money from the machine. None of the victims were injured.

The suspects were all described as males in their late teens wearing ski masks and displaying black handguns.

“The Waukegan Police Department stresses that people should avoid using ATMs after dark,” Police Chief Daniel Greathouse said Thursday. “If you find that you must utilize an ATM after dark, please use one that is located indoors at a business such as a grocery or department store.”

Investigators are working on several leads in the cases. Greathouse said authorities were making the announcement because the public should be aware of the incidents so they can be better prepared.

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