Thief Calmly Gets Into Car Running Outside Detroit Gas Station, Drives Away [VIDEO]

March 14, 2019 - 12:46 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Police are searching for a brazen criminal who got into a car that was running outside of a Detroit gas station and drove away, knocking the owner on the ground. 

The incident happened around 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Marathon gas station on Grand River Avenue just east of Telegraph Road on the city's west side. 

The victim left his vehicle running while he went inside of the station. At that point, the suspect walked out of the station and calmly got into the victim's vehicle -- a red, four-door 2018 Nissan Sentra. 

The victim saw what was happening, ran out of the station, opened the driver's door and told the suspect to get out of his car. The suspect put the car into gear and drove off, dragging the victim until he fell to the ground. He fled westbound toward Telegraph and disappeared.

photo: Detroit Police

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The incident was caught on surveillance cameras.

The suspect is described as approximately 30-years-old, wearing a baseball cap, white zip-up hooded jacket, white and black sweat pants, and white and black gym shoes.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has any other information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s Commercial Auto Theft Unit at 313-596-2555. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.