August 7, 2013 USA – MSN Today – A new method of theft targets customers at gas stations nationwide, NBC News reports.
According to the NBC story, black thieves pull up in the car next to a potential victim while he or she is pumping gas and carefully slid between the cars to grab what’s on the floor or on the front passenger seat.
NBC reported, thieves target mostly women who often leave their wallets and pocketbooks on the front seat while pumping gas.
The crime takes about 19 seconds, according to the NBC story, and police call the thieves, “sliders.”
Police suggest to lock doors and close windows while pumping gas.
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