X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

NEW ORLEANS-A phony police officer forced his way into the home of a GTE Federal Credit Union employee with three accomplices and brought her across town to open the safe at the branch where she worked. A man carrying what appeared to be a police badge told the 21-year-old female employee he was investigating a burglary, according to a Feb. 4 report in The Times-Picayune. When she cracked the door, he forced it open at gunpoint along with his two armed accomplices. They then held the woman’s family hostage while she was taken to the eastern New Orleans branch where she worked and forced her to empty the safe with her key. The kidnappers then dropped the woman a block from her house, picked up the third accomplice that was holding the family, and made their escape in the victim’s 2004 Toyota Camry. No one was injured, The Times-Picayune reported, and nothing was taken from the woman’s home. The amount of money taken from GTE Federal Credit Union’s safe was not disclosed. Police are still searching for the three men, ages 20 to 25, and the victim’s car that they made their getaway in. The FBI and New Orleans Police Department are jointly working the case. Charges could include aggravated burglary and kidnapping, as well as federal bank robbery and carjacking, FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne told The Times-Picayune. They are also looking into how the robbers knew the woman had a key to the safe.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to CUTimes.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited CUTimes.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical CUTimes.com information including comprehensive product and service provider listings via the Marketplace Directory, CU Careers, resources from industry leaders, webcasts, and breaking news, analysis and more with our informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and CU Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including Law.com and GlobeSt.com.

Already have an account?

Credit Union Times

Join Credit Union Times

Don’t miss crucial strategic and tactical information necessary to run your institution and better serve your members. Join Credit Union Times now!

  • Free unlimited access to Credit Union Times' trusted and independent team of experts for extensive industry news, conference coverage, people features, statistical analysis, and regulation and technology updates.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and Credit Union Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including TreasuryandRisk.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join Credit Union Times

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.