Gwinnett County police searching for a man who stole cash, wallets, phones and other items from cars at a QuikTrip on Sugarloaf Parkway.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Thief steals $1,500 in cash, items from cars at Gwinnett gas stations

Gwinnett County police are searching for a “slider” thief who stole $1,500 in cash, phones and other items from cars at QuikTrip and RaceTrac gas stations.

A “slider” theft is when when someone enters an unlocked car while its driver is pumping gas and either not paying attention or away from the car altogether. The thief typically takes items from the car and leaves unnoticed by the driver. 

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On April 5, two slider thefts were reported at the QuikTrip at 5050 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Shortly after, another was reported at the RaceTrac gas station 1800 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross. One of the thefts was captured on surveillance footage. In that incident, the suspect entered a woman’s car through the passenger side door while she was pumping gas. The woman did not notice anything happening until she heard the door close and saw the suspect “quickly leaving,” police said.

Gwinnett County detectives believe the same suspect is behind all three thefts. No detailed description of the suspect has been released, but police provided two stills from the surveillance video.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers tips may be rewarded with up to $2,000 if they lead to an arrest or indictment.

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