Police Warn of "Sliders" Stealing Valuables While Victims Pump Gas

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Police are warning of a sneaky new way thieves are getting away with your valuables. It's all happening while victims are pumping gas.

Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter said, "this is relatively new or at least a new form of robbery. "

Surveillance video from a Texas gas station shows a man pulling up next to a woman who's filling her gas tank. He slides out of his car, opens her passenger door and snatches her purse. The robber speeds away before the victim even knows he's there.

Carrie Devenney said, "That's so scary because you wouldn't even know because you're paying attention to the pump. "

Police say sliders are striking at gas stations all over the country. But so far, Dubuque police haven't heard of it happening here. And they say drivers can help keep it that way.

Baxter said, "Don't leave your purse sit on your front seat where someone can easily reach in your window or pop your doors and grab it quickly. "

Police say sometimes it's also a matter of common sense.In Houston a woman walks inside to pay for gas, leaving her purse inside an unlocked car. Meanwhile a slider sneaks out of a car, grabs her purse and takes off. She doesn't even realize she's been robbed.

"It's really scary because now that I think about it, I leave my car unlocked when I go into pay, " said Devenney.

"The only time your vehicle should be unlocked is when you're getting in and out of it," said Baxter.

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