Atlanta Police are working to stop so-called “slider crimes” and warning motorists to be vigilant when they stop to pump gas or pick up something at a retail shop.

According to APD, slider crimes occur when a driver leaves their car unlocked, usually while pumping gas. A thief “slides” into the car and steals items – and sometimes the entire vehicle –  then jumps into an accomplice’s car and flees the scene.

Officers, especially those patrolling Zone 2 in Buckhead, have been on heightened alert for slider crimes and their efforts continue to pay off.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.