Thieves Are Using A New Trick To Rob You At Gas Stations, Here's What To Look For
Kristin Danley 3/10/2017
Honest and kind good Samaritans are falling for a new form of trickery by thieves with their latest scam. They're using decoys and one could strike near you next! Learn what the criminals are doing so that you don't fall prey, too.
It's happening more often--and the latest incident was caught on a surveillance camera at a South Fulton County, Georgia, gas station. Three people in a silver Lexus, presumed to be stolen by police, tossed a handbag out of the window of the vehicle when the 54-year-old victim wasn't looking, making it seem as if they had dropped it on the ground. Then they drove off.
Screenshot via WSB-TV
The man spies the bag and leaves his vehicle at the gas pump to take the purse inside and turn it in. He's likely thinking there's a woman out there frantically missing her purse and it's valuable contents. But instead, the people in the Lexus zip back around and strike.
While the 54-year-old man is inside the gas station, another man can be seen on the footage jumping out of the back of the Lexus and into the victim's car to steal whatever he can find. The 54-year-old man reported to police that his wallet and iPhone had been stolen. Fairburn, Georgia, police Sargeant Mario Jones said "it's a new twist to an old crime."
"When he picked it up to take it inside the store here, that's when the crooks moved in."
Screenshot via WSB-TV
The 54-year-old man rents a basement apartment from Harold Byrd, 82, who told WSB-TV that he's nervous for his tenant and himself. They have his tenant's information, as well as his, which is worrisome. Harold said he hopes police catch the criminals soon.
"He thought he was being a good Samaritan by taking this handbag to a store clerk, thinking someone had dropped it at the gas station off Senoia Road. But the store's surveillance video shows something different. They got his pocketbook, all his information, my address on it. I worry about that. I'm 82 years old."
Police advise everyone to lock their vehicles at all times, even when popping out to pump gas or run into a gas station. Never leave the vehicle running unattended either. You never know if the person next to you is a thief and you're their next target!
Here is more about this scary new scam!
It's terrible that there are people in this world looking to prey on those with good hearts. Be sure to share this information with your loved ones, so that they too don't become victims of this crime!
Sources: WSB-TV, Palm Beach Post Image Source: WSB-TV