Man sought in theft from car at Detroit gas station

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

It was a bold move caught on camera in broad daylight: a man stealing from a driver’s SUV as she pumped gas a few feet away last month in west Detroit.

Now, police are releasing footage and pictures of the alleged thief to generate tips from the public.

The man was seen pulling into a Mobil gas station at about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the 18100 block of West McNichols and parking near the customer at a pump.

As the 32 year-old victim turned and entered payment information, investigators said in a statement, the man is filmed slowly creeping up to her vehicle’s right passenger door, opening it and removing items.

The footage then shows the suspect stepping back to a white Chrysler vehicle with a temporary plate and a hub cap on the front passenger side tire. Seconds later, with the woman’s SUV door still open, he drove off.

When turning around, the woman “noticed that her passenger side door was ajar and that her purse and tote bag were missing,” authorities said.

Police described the suspect as an African-American male with facial hair. He was last seen wearing shorts and a black T-shirt.

Anyone who has seen him, knows his whereabouts or has information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Criminal Investigations unit at (313) 596-1240. Anonymous tips can also be left through the DPD Connect app or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.