WATCH: Man steals from unlocked cars at gas pumps

Police in one local county have a warning you need to hear -- before you make your next stop for gas.

CAMP SPRINGS, MD. - Keep your car locked and secure while you pump gas -- that's the message from police in Maryland after a rash of thefts.

Thieves are sneaking up on unlocked cars and stealing items while drivers fill up their gas tanks. Prince George’s County Police released surveillance video showing one of several thefts that have happened recently.

The video from a gas station shows a BMW pull up beside a vehicle at a pump. Within seconds, a suspect pops out of the car, snatches an item from the front passenger seat, and quietly sneaks back to a getaway car.

The entire time, the victim was on the driver’s side pumping gas.

Police released a close-up look at the suspect, hoping someone will recognize him.

Police said the suspects are linked to at least six incidents at gas stations this week, including at locations on Allentown Way, Allentown Road, and St. Barnabas Road.

In each case, the suspects were in a silver BMW with a temporary tag.

PGPD is encouraging everyone to lock their car doors when pumping gas or walking to a store. As witnessed in the surveillance video, it only takes a few seconds for thieves to steal your stuff.

If anyone has information on this investigation, please call 1-866-411-TIPS or 301-868-8773.

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