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KEEP YOUR CAR DOORS LOCKED!


Over the weekend I drove up to Food City in Piney Flats parking lot. I received a phone call, so my plan was to sit in my car until the conversation was over. In the meantime, a large, white, old, and beat up type Buick car pulls in the parking spot directly beside me (clearly it had been wrecked). As my conversation continued [maybe seconds], I noticed the car pull up and cross over the two spots in front of me (at that point it would have been very hard for me to have been able to pull forward and get away in a hurry). Then a very thin, short man gets out of the car, wearing a white T-shirt, and walks around to the passenger side of my car. I have no idea who he was. If memory serves me correctly, he then walked behind my car, and then back to his car, etc. I believe he also walked around the car that was parked on the other side of me. It looked like he had lost something out of his bag- I wasn’t sure, but I had decided to pull away if he continued. Several seconds go by and before I realized it, that same man was standing right at my driver side front window, and he interrupted my conversation to yell through the window ( requesting that I get out of my car and into their car because they needed to talk to me). I looked over where he was pointing, and they had the door wide open for me to get in. I start yelling and shaking my head, “No, no, no”. I start my car—he stands there for a while, and then walks toward their car, back to mine, hurries and gets in their car, and they drive away. This was in daylight. I gave a report at police dept., and they are going to, hopefully, view the Food City video tape to get a tag number of the runaway car for investigation.

After future conversations with Police, I learned that this type thing has been going on in the malls and other public store parking lots here in the Tri-Cities.

I had previously heard that there had been reports of a man approaching women from the rear, grabbing their purses off their shoulders and out of their hands, and making a run for it in the runaway car (several occurrences in Johnson City alone).

It also happened at the Wal-Mart in Elizabethton to a City School teacher! She was waiting in the car on her husband to return.

I just want everyone to be aware because this happened in daylight in a well congested area, very close to store entrance.





This was the Food City I shopped at until I recently moved. If this happened to me I guess this person would have been the latest person to see my OSS .45. I hope they catch them soon. Maybe this guy wasn't threatened to the point that he needed a gun to kidnap this women. Are these thugs not listening to the news and reading the stories that there are more people carrying guns more than ever now?
 

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You never, ever get into a strangers car, especially the trunk. For the tin foil hat folks, you never, ever get on the trucks.
 

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Thanks for sharing, dog. Glad to hear safe, though creepy ending. A good reminder that we always have to be vigilant.
 
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