MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - The Millbrook Police Department is searching for at least three suspects in reference to an incident on Wednesday where a truck was stolen while the owner was pumping air into the tires.
According to Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson, at 6:33 p.m. on Wednesday, a 29-year-old Clanton resident stopped at the Entec on Highway 14 to pump air into the tires on her 2013 Ford F-150.
While she was pumping air into the rear passenger tire, two unknown males exited a silver Ford Crown Victoria, which had parked nearby at the station's vacuum cleaners, and approached the truck.
The suspects entered the truck from the driver's side, at which point the owner opened up the rear passenger door to confront the subjects.
The suspect who jumped into the driver's seat put the vehicle into reverse and began backing up. When the occurred, the truck owner lost her grip on the door handle.
We are extremely fortunate that the victim was not injured in this case. The most disturbing part about this incident is that it happened during daylight hours, at a business, during the evening rush hour," said Chief Johnson. "There were numerous people in the parking lot nearby at the time this offense occurred. When our victim opened the door to confront the two thieves, the suspects drove toward her in reverse before pulling away from her. The victim could have become caught in the doorway and been dragged underneath the vehicle.
The suspects drove off in the truck while the owner chased after them. The truck and Crown Victoria departed the gas station and traveled west down Highway 14.
Both vehicles were last seen heading south on I-65.
If you have any info regarding this incident, or can identify the suspects, you are asked to call the Millbrook Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.