LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Police are warning the public to be more aware of your surroundings after a man threatened customers driving up to a PNC ATM with what he claimed was a gun.
Jeffersontown Police say Jeremy Knighton, 35, seen in surveillance video had a few disguises over the past few weeks.
He can be seen hiding under a hoodie or with a bandana covering his face.
Officers say he robbed customers at gunpoint as they drove up to the ATM.
"The first two robberies we had he would approach the driver's side and put an object in the guy's neck," Jeffersontown Police Chief, Chief Rick Sanders, said.
It started June 21; Knighton is accused of waiting in the dark behind bushes. Popping out and alarming victims.
"Place the gun in the victim's face and rob them of cash," Chief Sanders said.
He targeted this PNC Bank at the 9500 block of Taylorsville Road in Jeffersontown, not once but three times at night. He would've made a clean getaway with $200 if it wasn't for this...
"This is the tattoo that really solved the case," Chief Sanders said.
It’s a noticeable tattoo on his left leg that is now the mark of an accused criminal.
Patrol officers saturated the area and found someone who fit his description, living blocks from the bank.
"We like catching them whether dumb or smart. This guy I'm not sure he's as dumb as people think," Chief Sanders said.
What about that gun? Detectives discovered it was a phony, just a toy gun that threw people into panic.
One victim simply sped away and the chief says your best bet is to never confront a suspect.
"If someone has got a gun in your face just give them the money, it's not worth dying over," Chief Sanders said.
Knighton is charged with robbery and tampering with physical evidence and is being held at Metro Corrections.