Car thefts in southern PBC may be related

Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 20:43:37-05

Police in Boynton Beach are trying to track down the four men who allegedly distracted a woman and then stole her car.

The crime happened Monday night outside a gas station off Lawrence and Hypoluxo Roads.

The victim, Dianne Adams, said she was stopping for a pack of gum when she was rear-ended in the parking lot.

"I thought it was a little bump car accident. I didn't think it was about to turn into a nightmare," Dianne said.

She said she got out of her car with her Mercedes still running when she addressed the driver of the silver sedan.

"The boy said to me, 'This is my mother's car.' I said 'I don't care who's car it is. You just hit my car, we have to call the police.' That's when things got a little crazy."

Dianne said the passenger got out of the car while she was trying to take a picture of the other car's license plate.

"The passenger got out. It happened so fast. I didn't know how to stop it."

Dianne said the passenger jumped into her car and they all drove off.

"They all sped off and my car goes really really fast. They were gone in a blink."

Dianne said the four African-American men appeared to be between 18-20 years old, thin and nicely dressed.

Police say a similar crime happened earlier Monday night in Atlantis, but the thieves weren't successful in stealing the car.

Authorities believe Dianne's car was targeted because it was a luxury vehicle.

"Based on the fact there was an unsuccessful attempt of this type of stolen car in another jurisdiction last night as well, that her car was struck intentionally."

Meaning Dianne was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I work 60, 70, 80 hours a week so I can pay for that stuff. I work my fingers to the bone. It took me 51 years to buy that car," Dianne said.

Along with the two crimes in Atlantis and Boynton Beach, police in Delray Beach responded to an armed carjacking.

The car stolen in that crime was a silver Volkswagen Passat, according to police.

The tag number is EPSK11.

The tag and car match the same description as the car used in the crime in Atlantis.