Purse Snatched at Hialeah Gas Station While Driver Was Paying for Gas: Police

The robbery, captured on surveillance video, only took 6 seconds

By Christina Hernandez
|  Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:03 PM EDT
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Surveillance video caught the gas station purse snatching at a Chevron station on Red Road in Hialeah. Police spokesman Carl Zogby spoke about the quick crime.

Surveillance video caught the gas station purse snatching at a Chevron station on Red Road in Hialeah. Police spokesman Carl Zogby spoke about the quick crime.

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It only takes seconds for certain crimes to occur. In South Florida, one is happening more and more.

"They're crimes that occur so quickly," Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby said. "By the time they call the police and we respond, it's done. The loss is done."

Surveillance video caught the latest gas station purse snatching at a Chevron station on Red Road in Hialeah. A BMW pulled up to the unlocked car while the driver was inside paying for gas. In the video, you can see someone get out, open the passenger side door and then leave – taking a purse.

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Hialeah Police said this was the robbers' second attempt at a gas station purse snatching. The first was at a Shell station nearby on Hialeah Gardens Boulevard, but the car door they tried to open was locked.

"This serves as a lesson to the public – they're out there," Zogby said. "They're watching for you. They're crimes of opportunity."

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If you know anything about this particular gas station purse station, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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