WASHINGTON, D.C. – Authorities want to warn people about a new trick thieves are using to steal purses.
The crooks have been dubbed “sliders” because of the way they sneak into cars at gas stations and grab purses without anyone spotting them.
Surveillance video shown across the nation Wednesday shows the technique: A silver car pulls up next to an SUV at a gas station.
Then, while the driver of the SUV is focused on the gas pump, the crook crouches down, opens the passenger door and grabs the woman’s purse. Another video also shows the crook jumping through a car window to quickly grab a purse. It all takes only a few seconds.