A thief saw an opportunity when a man went inside a convenience store to pay for gas; within seconds, his car was gone.
“I was really just in shock at the moment because it happened so fast and it was like…my car is gone.” said Troy Stockard.
Stockard told News 2 it happened at the Tiger Market on Smith Springs Road in Antioch.
News 2 obtained surveillance footage from the store. Stockard says in the footage you can see someone get out of a white SUV — hop in his black Nissan Maxima, and speed off.
He said he left his car running while he went in pay for gas, thinking his son at a nearby pump — would be able to keep watch.
“I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll be right back.’ and there was a line inside the Tiger Market when I went inside, by the time I turned around to look and see what number to give the guy to pay for the gas…I noticed my son was gone and the car was gone.”
He said the thieves didn’t get too far – they found his car the next day not even five miles away, abandoned, somewhere on Bell Road.
“When they ran out of gas they just abandoned the car, they couldn’t go any further.”
He said while he’s glad to have his car back, he wants to warn others.
“You know just be mindful, you could be in a good neighborhood, you could be aware of your surroundings, but just that quick in a blink of an eye you could lose your car or be robbed. Anything could happen because people are just kind of lurking, looking for victims.”