The thief’s game of stealing your purse or whatever else they want from your car has escalated, apparently, with cases arising where they no longer wait for you to leave your vehicle before striking.
In the past, victims might return to their car from lunch or a movie to find their windows smashed and belongings taken. Now, it seems, thieves are smashing car windows and taking items with the driver is pumping or paying for gas nearby.
Once such crime occurred tonight, Tuesday Dec. 28, in Concord at a gas station on Oak Grove Road when a fleet-footed thief smashed the window of a woman’s car and stole her purse while she was filling up.
The victim was reportedly unhurt but startled, and could only watch as the thief carried off her purse to a black car, which was last seen speeding out of the parking lot.
The latest theft comes on the heels of another recent incident at a gas station on Oak Park Boulevard at Hook Avenue in Pleasant Hill, when a woman who had been asked to pay for her gas at the cashier’s office returned to her car in time to see a man smash her window and attempt to access the interior – with her child inside.
Horrified, she ran back to her car and watched as the thief ran – empty-handed – to an “older black sedan” and escaped.
Hard to defend against, we know, but you may want to be aware so you can be prepared should you find yourself in a similar situation.