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VIDEO: Cars stolen at University Heights gas station after drivers leave them unlocked and running

Posted: 12:19 PM, Jan 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-10 17:19:46Z
Unlocked, running cars stolen at gas station
Unlocked, running cars stolen at gas station

Two people learned the hard way that they shouldn't leave their cars unlocked and running at the gas station after their vehicles were stolen.

According to a police report, the first incident happened on Nov. 30 after a 67-year-old man left his 2013 Toyota Corolla running at Speedway, 14458 Cedar Road, in University Heights. 

Security footage of the incident shows the man leave his vehicle parked at a few feet from the storefront and walk inside. Seconds later an SUV pulls up and a man jumps out of the vehicle, gets into the Toyota and drives off.


The Toyota was found abandoned a few days later on West 92nd Street.

A second theft happened on Dec. 3 when a woman left her 2008 BMW 528XI running at a gas pump while she went inside.

A few moments after the woman parked her car and went inside, a brazen thief got out of the passenger's side of a nearby car, walked over and got in the BMW and drove off.


Her car was found more than a week later on Kelso Avenue.

Police are investigating both incidents. No arrests have been made.