VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Police wants to remind everyone to never leave vehicles unattended while running after reports of five stolen vehicles.
Police are investigating five separate vehicle theft incidents that occurred at different gas stations and convenience stores around the city.
The first incident took place on December 30, 2020 at the 7-Eleven located on Independence Boulevard. Police say the owner of a Black Lexus with Virginia tags WXM7667, parked his vehicle outside the 7-11 leaving the key fob inside the vehicle.
He went into the store and a few minutes later he noticed his vehicle was gone. Police say the suspect vehicle backed into the parking space next to the victim’s vehicle. A passenger, from the suspect vehicle, got out and got into the victim’s vehicle. Police say the last 4 of the suspect's tag might be 2334.
Three vehicle thefts took place on New Years Day.
One incident took place at the General Booth 7-Eleven. Police say two people stole a 2008 black Nissan Altima with Virginia tags UKW8459 that was left running in front of the store.
The first suspect is described as a male wearing a black jacket with a grey hood. The second suspect is a male that was seen wearing blue jeans and red or pink hooded jacket. Police say the suspects were driving a white Honda, which was a stolen vehicle from Norfolk, was recovered unoccupied on Harpers Road.
Another theft took place around 6:05 a.m. at the 7-Eleven located on Newtown Road. Police say the driver of a red 2017 Nissan Sentra with Virginia plates UHR3373 went inside the store to grab him coffee and says he thought he locked his car.
Police then say a suspect, appearing to be wearing blue jeans and hooded sweatshirt, came across the street to steal the Nissan.
Another incident took place on New Years Day at the Wawa on Holland Road. Police say the driver of a white
2012 Lexus IS250 left his car running next to another set of gas pumps.
Police say a gray Nissan four door sedan, possibly a Sentra, pulled into the parking lot next to one of the pumps. A passenger who was sitting in the back seat, positioned directly behind the driver's seat, got into the running Lexus and drove off.
Another vehicle theft took place on Jan. 2 at the Wawa on Northampton Boulevard. Police say the victim was driving a 2020 GMC Terrain with Virginia tags EVSQ76, a rental from AVIS. The driver went inside the store to pay for gas when a man got out from another vehicle and drove off with the GMC.
If you or anyone you know has information that could help police, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.