Woman Leaves Car Running, Turns to Find Thief Driving Away


A hard lesson learned for a Fresno woman. She left her car unlocked and running, for just a minute, to drop off her baby at her parents’ house. When she came back, she found a woman trying to steal her car.

It all happened near Marks and Barstow. She managed to stop the suspect, but tonight, that person is still on the run.

Every Monday morning at around 6:30am, mom Jillian drops her baby off at grandpa’s house near Marks and Barstow. Grandpa serves as babysitter,and Jillian often has to rush off to work. This monday was no different, except Jillian decided to leave her car running and unlocked in the driveway. She was only going to be a minute, but those 60 seconds turned into great timing for one female thief.

“When I come out, there’s a female inside of my vehicle in the driver’s seat,” exclaimed Jillian, who didn’t want to share her last name for confidentiality reasons.

Jillian said she quickly reacted.

“She was backing up, and I ran and opened up my passenger door, jumped in, and grabbed her by her head. And I really didn’t think about anything. I just, out of instinct,” Jillian said.
The suspect managed to get away, but not before leaving behind her sweater and cell phone. Jillian said the female also smelled of marijuana.

She described, “She was calling me the “B” word, saying, ‘Get off of me’, which I mean, you shouldn’t have been in my car, I wouldn’t have been on you in the first place!” 

Fresno Police lieutenant Mark Hudson said the cell phone will be a great identifier as to who the suspect may be. Jillian describes the suspect as a 20-year old female with dark hair. Hudson said this is a great reminder to all drivers who ever leave their cars running.

“It only takes a minute for these thieves that are in these neighborhoods, looking for just this opportunity,” said Hudson.

“This morning was definitely an eye opener,” reflected Jillian.

She believes the suspect may have been watching her the whole time.

The suspect was wearing a green tank top and a blue sweater that said “Fort Lauderdale, Florida”.

If you have any information on this case, contact Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.

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