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MEQUON -- A warning for all drivers: Beware at the pump! Criminals in several communities are targeting customers at gas stations. Some are looking for things in your car, while others are taking the whole thing.Kwik Trip

It happened in a flash.

"Just a moment, help someone out and your car is gone. It was just that fast," said Detective Andy Fischer, Mequon Police Department.

Mequon police say a customer at the Kwik Trip gas station located on Cedarburg Road in Mequon, was trying to be a good Samaritan. The person he was trying to help was not.Kwik Trip2

"It appeared this driver had a false sense of security by being close to his car," said Fischer.

Problem is, the driver left something in the vehicle -- the keys in the ignition.

"The driver of the vehicle was pumping gas, was distracted by another customer asking for directions, and while he was trying to help that individual somebody slipped into his car and drove off with it," said Fischer. Kwik Trip4

Detective Andy Fischer is among those searching for the stolen rental car; a 2016 white Hyundai Sonata, the getaway car, a dark blue Chevy Monte Carlo -- and the men involved.

"In this particular instance it was a crime of opportunity," said Fischer.

They're not the only department warning of crimes at gas stations. Hales Corners police sent out an alert saying Thursday, May 12th as people were trying to get inside vehicles at local gas stations to steal items.

Detective Andy Fischer

Detective Andy Fischer

It may be part of a new trend nationwide officers call "sliders." Criminals creep up into cars, often times with the unsuspecting victims still at the pump, and go through open doors and windows to get inside.

In Mequon, it was keys left in the vehicle that made the victim an easy target.

"We would never want you to leave your keys in the car whether it is at home or at a public business like that. Be aware of your surroundings. Just make mental notes and keep yourself safe," said Fischer.

It is a heads up for drivers to take extra precautions next time you're at the pump.

14 comments

  • Jagdpanther

    True, but you also have to be pretty stupid to leave your keys in the ignition anytime you are not sitting in your car and driving it if you are within 150 miles of milwaukee.

    • no7olerance

      Good on you for taking precautions. I would also suggest being sure your windows are closed and doors locked. I’m sure you’d hate to arrive home only to find someone camped out in the back seat or cargo area.

      • Brad

        Not True: Breaking into your car is considered intent to cause bodily harm.

        Section 1. 895.62 of the statutes is created to read:
        895.62 Use of force in response to unlawful and forcible entry into a dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business; civil liability immunity. (1) In this section:
        (a) “Actor” means a person who uses force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another person.
        (b) “Dwelling” has the meaning given in s. 895.07 (1) (h).
        (c) “Place of business” means a business that the actor owns or operates.
        (2) Except as provided in sub. (4), an actor is immune from civil liability arising out of his or her use of force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm if the actor reasonably believed that the force was necessary to prevent imminent death or bodily harm to himself or herself or to another person and either of the following applies:
        (a) The person against whom the force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering the actor’s dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business, the actor was on his or her property or present in the dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business, and the actor knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry was occurring.
        (b) The person against whom the force was used was in the actor’s dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business after unlawfully and forcibly entering it, the actor was present in the dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business, and the actor knew or had reason to believe that the person had unlawfully and forcibly entered the dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business.

      • no7olerance

        Are you just selectively ignoring the part where you have to be IN your car at the time? Castle Doctrine doesn’t allow you to defend property with lethal force. It presupposes lethal force was necessary to defend *life*, not property.

  • Debra ham

    I always lock my car while I am filling my gas tank. And always look at my surroundings. If I feel some thing is not right make sure you make eye contact. This will let the person know that you are aware of your surroundings. Just a safe reminder.

  • Russell D. Larson

    I pray I do not get “slided”
    They better be prepared for one hell of a Fight…

  • NRA Guy

    You may NEVER use deadly force to defend your property in WI. That is a sure way to become a felon and lose your right to even possess a firearm forever.

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