Police warn people to be extra careful while filling up on gas after series of slider thefts

Getting gas is something almost all drivers have to do, but now police say it's more important than ever to be vigilant while doing it.

ATLANTA — Police are warning all drivers to be extra careful at local gas stations after two so-called "slider crimes" within 24 hours of each other.

Police said that man chased a thief who slid into his car when he was shot. Doctors say he is expected to be OK.

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“Well I’m not surprised,” said William Upshaw, who was filling up at a nearby gas station along Northside Drive Friday afternoon.

He told Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes that he tries to get his gas in the daylight because he knows that once the sun goes down, slider crimes go up.

But police said it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. Certain thieves are targeting gas stations at all times waiting for someone to let their guard down.

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On Friday morning, thieves found someone at that same gas station on Northside Drive.

A woman was getting gas and as soon as she hit unlock to get back inside her car, a thief slid in and stole her purse.

“The crime is there man, because you’re still in an impoverished area, too, you know what I mean? So, it’s that mixed together and this is what we keep getting,” Upshaw said.

The night before, a couple was putting air in their tires at the QT on Howell Mill Road when someone slid into their car and stole a purse.

In that case, the male victim chased the thief and got into a fight with him. That's when the thief pulled out a gun and shot him.

Customers Fernandes spoke with said they’re going to be more careful at gas stations and most men said they’re not letting their wives get gas on their own.

“Don’t take anything for granted. Be aware of all of your surroundings and just be alert. This is Atlanta, Georgia, not Macon. Crime is everywhere. You just have to be aware,” gas customer Lester Duncan said.

Police are still looking for the shooter in the QT incident. The gas station said security cameras did record video but police aren’t releasing it yet.