Petrogram - Summer 2017 - 15
Another Method of Purse
Snatching at the Gas Pumps
By Randolph L. Cuti Jr., Cuti and Associates,
Private Investigative Services
olice are warning drivers, especially women, of this new kind of theft happening at gas stations around the U.S. It's a crime of opportunity and distraction.
Sliders are mostly purse thieves. They watch for a woman filling up the gas
tank of her car. They pull into the station, as if getting gas themselves. Then, a
slider will open the door (or reach in the open window) of the adjacent car and
snatch the purse or any other valuables in the front seat, and drive off while the
driver is still busy on the other side of the car pumping gas.
"It's 'sliding' because they're sliding below the eye level of the door, as the customer is
attending to the gas pump.
"The crooks are not looking for a confrontation. They just want your property because they
know it's left abandoned and you're not paying attention,"
Crooks hit all parts of town, watching for women who leave their purses on the passenger
seat, doors unlocked and are distracted.
Most women's purses hold some combination of money, credit cards, jewelry, and other items
that can be potentially converted into quick cash, and although the amount of loot garnered
from a typical purse-grab may not be large, it's generally a good bet the snatcher will come
away with something of value. ●
Women warned to lookout for
'sliders'-thieves operating at
gas stations who steal your bag
while you're at the pump.
* Police are advising people to lock doors,
roll up windows and keep valuables
* If you become a victim of a Slider,
attempt to obtain the lice plate
number and report the matter to
the police immediately.
* Don't ever attempt to jump on the
crook's car, or block their get-a-way!
* Contact your financial institutions
immediately and report your credit/
debit cards as stolen.