Veteran robbed at gunpoint at ATM
AVENTURA, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for a man who robbed a Vietnam veteran at gunpoint at a South Florida ATM.
Sixty-two-year-old Frederick Lamb served his country and survives on a modest income. He went to withdraw money from a Bank of America ATM located on 183rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura on May 3. On surveillance video, you can see Lamb approaching the ATM, completing his transaction. Seconds later, an armed man sneaked up on Lamb. "This guy came up to me, and he stuck the pistol in my side, and he told me, 'Don't make me shoot you,'" said Lamb.
The Aventura Police department released the video in hopes someone will recognize the thief who has traumatized the veteran. "Please call the Aventura Police Department or the tip line, coz we need to get this guy off the streets," said Aventura Police detective Tom Mundy.
"It's just pitiful, it's a shame that people have to resort to this kind of behavior," said Lamb.
Lamb was robbed of $300 in cash. In the surveillance footage, Lamb is seen giving his money, wallet and cell phone to the crook. "I know it was an active gun, but I wasn't shot," he said.
Lamb said the crook not only took his money and possessions, he has also took his piece of mind. "You know, he took a piece of me. He took my wallet, he took my cell phone and he took my money ... thank God he didn't take my life," he said.
If you have any information on this ATM robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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