12 On Your Side: Are you a target for gas station 'sliding' theft?


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- They are thieves that circle gas station lots looking for unsuspecting drivers. When they find one, they strike by sliding into your car grabbing your valuables and sliding back into a getaway car, and it only takes seconds.

It's jaw-dropping to watch. We showed the video, which is in on YouTube, to Richmond County Sgt. Shane McDaniel. He says aside from carjacking, he's never seen anything quite like it in his 23 years in law enforcement.

"One person driving and being a lookout while the passenger is eyeballing the future victim," McDaniel said.

Then, in a flash, in what is known as sliding, the crook exits the getaway car, snags a pocketbook or wallet and slides back into the getaway car.

McDaniel says by the time a victim realizes they have been robbed, it could be hours later. He says drivers should be aware of their surroundings while pumping gas and should always lock their doors and keep their windows up even if they are with their vehicle.

"As of yet, we haven't had any victims like that, anyone come forward and say they were the victim of this kind of crime," McDaniel said.

Which is good news, but he says it is better to be safe than sorry.

"People will do whatever it takes to steal," McDaniel said.


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