WORCESTER (CBS) – Worcester Police are looking for a man who tried to pull off a frightening robbery at an ATM.

A 71-year-old woman went to the Bank of America machine at a busy shopping center on Lincoln Street Thursday around 9:15 a.m., but she didn’t lock her car.

atm Robbery Suspect Got Into Womans Car While She Was At ATM

The ATM where the attempted robbery occurred. (Photo credit: Christina Hager – WBZ-TV)

While she was inside, a man snuck into the back seat of her car.  When she came back, the man surprised her, pressed his hand to her head, claimed he had a gun and demanded money.

“She felt a hand press against her neck and somebody demanded money from her,” said Worcester Police Sgt. Sean Murtha. “Turns out the male had gotten into the backseat of her car when she was taking the money out of the ATM. The car was unlocked. He said he had a gun and demanded money from her.”

The woman screamed, which got the attention of a maintenance worker who was servicing the ATM.  He ran to help, but the man ran off without any money.

Police described him as black, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, with a scruffy beard.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Worcester Police at (508) 799-8651.


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