The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office recently issued a warning to the public, urging residents to be aware of their surroundings when pumping gas. Various Law enforcement agencies say gas stations across the state are seeing an uptick in vehicle burglaries and carjackings.

Last week posted the EBRSO is currently investigating a string of gas station thefts involving "sliders" in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. In case you are unfamiliar, this is a term used for crooks that pull up alongside a vehicle and steal purses, money, or other items out of a vehicle, while the owner pumps gas. Some gas station thieves work in teams, distracting the victim while another person steals the entire car!

Robberies caught on gas station surveillance cameras show how easy it is to pull off the crime.

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