69-year-old woman targeted by 'slider' thieves
ATLANTA - A 69-year-old woman is one of the latest victims of the crime trend by so-called "slider" thieves at gas stations, and police are releasing surveillance to catch the criminals responsible.
"What if... they could have gotten me," the woman named Peggy tells FOX 5, who is still shaken from the encounter.
The ordeal happened Oct. 24 at the Kroger fuel center off of Moreland Avenue SE.
The woman said she had her keys in her hand when she was pumping gas and saw a black Dodge Challenger circle around her; she believed they were looking for an open pump, and then when she looked at the meter, surveillance shows a man creeping out of the vehicle and grabbing her purse before getting in the car and an accomplice drives off.
The whole encounter lasted seven seconds.
"It was like they took my whole life from me," she said, as her purse with her cell phone, important records and pictures were all taken.
Police do not know if the individuals in the video have struck before or elsewhere.
The thief on camera is described as a black male wearing a white baseball cap, white shirt, and khaki pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta Police or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.