Car stolen from Bay View gas station while driver was pumping gas

Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-07 19:29:27-04

A car theft caught was on camera over the weekend and happened while the victim was pumping gas in Bay View.

Surveillance video shows the suspects closing in on the victim and then taking off with his car at a BP gas station.

The crime happened so fast, the victim barely had time to react. On Sunday morning at about 11:30, a silver van pulled into the gas station and begins driving in circles.

About a minute later, the van parks next to a Subaru getting gas. Then a passenger in the van slips into the driver's seat of the Subaru and both cars take off. The entire crime took about 20 seconds.

"All of a sudden you just hear tires screeching and this man is running after his car," said Marcelle Baker, who was sitting in her car when the theft happened at the opposite end of the pumps.

Before the theft happened, Baker says she noticed the van pull up next to her car while her dad filled up the tank. The suspects looked inside, while Baker says she was in the backseat with her newborn baby Journey.

"Usually I always go into the gas station and get my dad a soda so she would have been left in the vehicle with the keys in the car and if someone would have drove off with her, I would have freaked out, I don't know what I would have done," she said.

Baker stayed and let the victim use her phone to call the cops. Police say they are still looking for the stolen car and the suspects.

The owner of the gas station says he recently put up signs at all of the pumps reminding people to lock their car doors. 

"Hopefully this shows people to keep a better watch when they're pumping gas and make sure they take their keys out of the car and keep a better eye out in your surroundings," said Baker.