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Thieves target ATM customers twice in 2 days

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twice in two days, thieves have targeted ATM customers at the same bank chain in the Holland area.

On Monday night, suspects stole money from a woman at the Macatawa Bank branch on Riley Street in Holland Township. The night before, an 80-year-old man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery at the bank branch on Maple in Holland.

Investigators suspect the cases are connected.

"If you can't feel safe after work when you're needing to go get money, I mean, that's scary," said Kelsey Sivertson, a Macatawa Bank customer.

"I'm probably not going to go to the ATM; I'll probably go inside," said another bank customer.

The Holland Township robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, said the Ottawa County Sheriff Department's Captain Mark Bennett. "An unknown suspect came between [the victim's] vehicle and the building, and grabbed the cash, and continued to run."

Sunday night, an 80-year-old man was robbed at a Holland ATM. City police say there were two male suspects, one of them caught on video surveillance.

Investigators are treating both crimes as if they are connected.

"I'm not able to confirm they are connected at this point, but we certainly have suspicions they are," said Captain Bennett.

Investigators say no weapons were seen or used in either incident. Both victims are expected to be OK.

In at least one case, it appears the suspects may have been waiting near the ATM. Captain Bennett says check your surroundings, especially at night. "Take a drive around the parking lot of that ATM, just a quick loop through the parking lot."

He also says lock your doors, and after the transaction try to leave promptly, "so that you're not right there, if someone is watching."

WZZM 13 also reached out to Macatawa Bank for comment, but did not hear back.