Woman Robbed At Gunpoint

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For the second time this year, a motorist has been robbed at gunpoint at a Payson drive-thru ATM.

On May 20, a masked man used a gun to force a woman withdrawing money from the Chase Bank ATM, 201 S. Beeline Highway, to hand over money.

The man reportedly approached the woman’s vehicle from the east end of the bank’s parking lot at 10:20 p.m., emerging from the wooded area with a silver-colored handgun, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

The woman, who was alone in the vehicle, told police the man wore a black ski mask, a dark-colored T-shirt and light-colored pants.

After taking an undisclosed sum of money, the man fled the area on foot, going back the way he came through the forest, Engler said.

The man left some physical evidence behind, which the Department of Public Safety crime lab is analyzing.

When using a walk-up or drive-thru ATM, Engler said it is important to remain aware of your surroundings, especially after dark.

A similar armed robbery at a drive-thru ATM occurred in January. Police never caught that thief.

Anyone who sees someone suspicious or has information on either armed robberies is asked to call Det. Michael Varga at (928) 474-5177, ext. 271.

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