POSTED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 6:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:35pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — The next time you are at the gas pump--- make sure to lock your car.
There is a new type of crime sweeping the country and police are warning the public to watch out.
"If it's happening elsewhere, it probably will happen here," said Longview police officer Kristi Bryan.
It's a crime popping up all over the U.S.
"It worries me going to a gas station and getting gas myself because I'm guilty as everyone else leaving their purse on the passenger seat. It won't be happening anymore though," said cashier at Valero gas station Shelia Mazy.
Criminals slide across the passenger side of the car and snatch people's belongings while they are at the pump.
Mazy says they have 16 surveillance cameras.
But, it worries her that this type of crime is on the rise.
"You know I don't really know you cant really stop them," said Mazy.
"Very easy for them to pull up just act like their getting gas reach over grab the person's property out of the car and drive away and you know cars are in and out of gas stations so quickly no one really pays attention to whose driving in and out," said Bryan.
But some people here in East Texas are always on alert.