Criminals targeting women at Kentucky gas stations

Criminals targeting women at Kentucky gas stations

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Surveillance video from the Corbin Police Department shows a suspect stealing from a parked car at a gas station. Investigators call this crime trend "sliding." Surveillance video from the Corbin Police Department shows a suspect stealing from a parked car at a gas station. Investigators call this crime trend "sliding."
"It just seems like these people are seeing an easy opportunity to get someone's wallets or social security numbers," explained Major Rob Jones with Corbin Police Department. "It just seems like these people are seeing an easy opportunity to get someone's wallets or social security numbers," explained Major Rob Jones with Corbin Police Department.
"Ten years ago you wouldn't have had anything to worry about. You'd leave your purse unlocked and doors unlocked and not have to worry about it. But today you have to be vigilant about everything," Mary Cumpston said. "Ten years ago you wouldn't have had anything to worry about. You'd leave your purse unlocked and doors unlocked and not have to worry about it. But today you have to be vigilant about everything," Mary Cumpston said.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CORBIN, Ky. (WATE) – Authorities are investigating a new crime trend called "sliding."

At least four women were targeted at the Kroger Fuel Center in Corbin, Ky., but the crimes are also being reported nationwide.

In a surveillance video from Corbin, a black SUV can be seen parked by a gas pump. Someone sneaks up, opens the passenger door and steals the woman's purse.

In a similar video from Texas, a silver car is seen pulling up close to a car where someone is filling gas. The suspect crouches down, opens the passenger door and steals the lady's purse. The entire incident takes place in 19 seconds.

"It just seems like these people are seeing an easy opportunity to get someone's wallets or social security numbers," explained Major Rob Jones with Corbin Police Department.

Investigators usually determine the stolen items are misused far away.

"We see cards being misused in Knoxville after it's stolen," Major Jones said.

The Corbin Police Department put out an alert on Facebook. Locals like Mary Cumpston say it has made her more careful.

"Ten years ago you wouldn't have had anything to worry about. You'd leave your purse unlocked and doors unlocked and not have to worry about it. But today you have to be vigilant about everything," Cumpston said.

"If you go to the gas pump, keep your purse with you. If you are inside the gas station, take your purse with you," Major Jones said.

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