WESTBURY, NY (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — One other high-end car was stolen from a driver at a fuel station in Nassau County on Sunday afternoon, which has develop into an epidemic of theft within the county.
A grey masked thief focused the car as a 43-year-old man was refueling his 2022 Mercedes-Benz round 8:50 a.m. on the Shell fuel station on Carman Avenue in Westbury, Nassau County Police stated on Monday.
The suspect received off the passenger aspect of a grey Audi and entered the sufferer’s Mercedes.
Police stated the automotive thief stepped on the fuel, broke the fuel hose, and fled the station with the pump head nonetheless hooked up to the Mercedes.
The motive force of the Audi additionally fled from the fuel station. Each autos moved south on Carman Avenue.
The thief within the Mercedes crashed with one other car about 1.5 miles away on Carman Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.
Police stated a 55-year-old man driving the opposite car was not injured.
The stolen Mercedes was later discovered deserted on Park Boulevard and the Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.
Police have but to launch any footage of the suspect.
Related automotive thefts and automotive hijackings have occurred in Nassau County in latest weeks.
Photograph credit score Nassau County Police
Simply final Monday, a automotive thief threw a canine from a transferring Vary Rover whereas stealing the car from a BP fuel station on the Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. The canine managed to outlive the ordeal.
Surveillance video of that theft reveals the suspect sneaking into the driving force’s seat as a girl pumps fuel just some ft away, unaware of what is going on to occur. She was unhurt as she sped off.
A number of weeks in the past, on December 13, a girl was dragged away whereas a thief tried to steal her Vary Rover on the 76 fuel station on Glen Cove Street in Glen Head. The sufferer was not critically injured.
It is quite common for individuals to go away their automobiles working whereas they’re pumping fuel within the space, however drivers stated on Monday they will possible flip off their automobiles once they’re getting fuel sooner or later.
Police stated the thieves focused high-end autos on Lengthy Island to be used in different crimes and even racing. Thieves typically lend autos for cash to different scammers who use them to commit crimes akin to theft. Many of the autos turned up in New Jersey, together with the Vary Rover within the theft that injured the canine.
Anybody with data is inspired to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-244-TIPS.