Thief transfers funds at LaPlace FCU ATM

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 5, 2008

LAPLACE — A LaPlace man told authorities in St. John Parish he was robbed at gunpoint at an automatic teller machine by a man in a ski mask, said a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Maj. Mike Tregre, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said the 45-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was making a cash withdrawal from an ATM at the Louisiana Federal Credit Union in the 300 block of Belle Terre Boulevard in LaPlace when a black male with a ski mask over his face approached and demanded the money.

Tregre said the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the armed assailant. The robber then fled the area in a white vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Trans Am. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Belle Terre toward Interstate 10.

According to Tregre, investigators are checking video surveillance at the ATM in an effort to get a visual of the gunman. He said no arrests have been made.