Woman's car is stolen from West Palm Beach gas station, theft caught on camera

Robbed at the pump

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -  Michelle Dillon is spending a tedious afternoon at the DMV waiting to get a new license.

Her purse was stolen after she was robbed at the Chevron station on Okeechobee Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.

"Just disbelief, honestly I just thought somebody was getting in the wrong car," said Dillon.

Surveillance video from the gas station shows a man walk up to Dillon's car, squeeze past her door and jump into her SUV.

Michelle Dillon's husband Brent says credit card records show the thief made about six stops in the next half hour. He followed the suspect to a station in Riviera Beach but the man got away again.

"He hopped in the car and saw me and said 'I'm gonna' kill you,' " Brent said.

Retired Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott says this crime is becoming more common in Palm Beach County. Scott says you can't afford to be distracted at the pump.

"Don't have your purse draped over your shoulder. Lock your car as soon as you get out of the car and take your keys with you," said Scott.

"Criminals perceive women to be an easy target, may be distracted, have children, be on the cell phone,"  he said.

Police later found the vehicle abandoned on the side of a road. The thief made off with the Dillon's purse and laptop but it's what she usually has in the car that has her so rattled.

"The thought of my children being in the car, so grateful they weren't but what if they had, it's kind of all I could think about," said Dillon.

 

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