SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - It was some scary moments for a Sandy Springs teenager when a man steals his jeep while he is pumping gas. Fortunately, the teen was not hurt, but police need help to identify the man who took the vehicle.
The victim told police he was pumping gas when a man came up to him, saying someone was trying to kill him and he needed the car. The teen refused, but police said the suspect then jumped in the driver seat, cranked the car, and took off.
Sandy Springs police released a surveillance photo of the man they want to identify. He appeared on security cameras just moments before the car theft takes place.
Sgt. Sam Worsham said the theft happened Sunday in broad daylight and the man told the teen he was in trouble.
"He told him somebody is trying to kill me, I need your vehicle," said Sgt. Worsham.
Police do not believe the suspect was ever in any danger. They said he does not appear to be in distress moments before the theft.
While this sort of crime is not common in Sandy Springs, police said it does happen from time to time and people have to mindful to pay attention to their surroundings.
“People get complacent, comfortable. We always tell people when pumping gas and you're right there, take the keys out of the ignition, lock the vehicle, don't leave anything of value in your car, especially when going inside. We see people parking their cars running into gas stations, leave children inside the car. We're asking them not to do that,” said Sgt. Worsham.
Anyone with information on who the man is should call the Sandy Springs Police Department.