LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police is searching for a "serial" robber accused of crimes across the city.
On about 15 different occasions, the man is suspected of robbing people at ATMs all across Louisville, LMPD spokesperson Officer Beth Ruoff said.
Police said he's hard to identify because he's been wearing a ski mask during the robberies and there isn't a pattern to the robberies either.
"There's no victim profile. There's no time of day," Ruoff said. "He seems to be doing it very randomly."
We are looking to ID this guy suspected of approximately 15 ATM robberies and thefts all over #Louisville. Anyone with any information please call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD (5673) or fill out an anonymous tip online: https://t.co/nX14dPQARd .#LMPD #ATM #CaughtOnCamera pic.twitter.com/lPrF6tTC5B— LMPD (@LMPD) November 10, 2021
Many of the robberies are taking place while the person is distracted or on their phone.
Jesse Walker is the co-owner of Rough Hands, a Louisville self defense and wellness studio. He said it's important to mentally prepare yourself now, before someone tries to rob you.
"The best answer is, for the most part, compliance works. It is very rare that in these types of incidents, the bad guy wants to escalate," he said.
Another step you can take sounds self-explanatory, but Walker said it can be a game changer — situational awareness.
"Some things you can't change but certainly just small behaviors just like that just looking around. And if you see somebody make eye contact with them, let them know that you see them. That can make all the difference sometimes," he said.
Police said going to ATMs inside busy locations like a grocery store could also be a good alternative.
Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is asked to call the LMPD anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD or leave an anonymous online tip here.
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