Crook targets folks pumping gas

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

London City Police say folks need to be more careful when stopping by the gas pump.

A routine fill up at the gas pump turned into a long afternoon for Lillian House.

"I came back to the car. My bill-fold was gone. I was angry. I was just really angry," said House.

House was pumping gas at Kroger in London on Highway 192 when she had a problem with the pump.

She went to talk to the clerk, came back, and found she was a victim of a sly crook, who slipped in through her passenger door.

"As we were looking back through a couple of the prior reports, we were able to determine that's the same thing that had happened in those incidents," said Lieutenant Stewart Walker, with London City Police.

He said thefts like this have occurred four times in the city and a couple of times in the county.

Most folks do not know they have been hit because they get out of the car and start pumping their gas, without realizing they have left their valuables in the front seat, in plain view.

As fate would have it, the thief did not get away with much.

"It was thirty. Thirty dollars in my bill-fold," said House.

A few dollars and a message from someone older and wiser.

"I would tell him that his mama should have taught him better," said House.

London City Police said witnesses have reported a vehicle with its hood up at the stations where the thefts happened.

They said that could be one way the crook is creating a distraction.

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