Two vehicles were stolen in Aberdeen Sunday after the drivers had reportedly entered local businesses while leaving their vehicles running outside.
According to police officials they were first contacted about a BMW passenger car that had been stolen from the parking lot of the Mac’s Food Store on US Highway 1. This vehicle was recovered a short time later at the NAPA parking lot.
Officials than received a report of a stolen vehicle at the Lucky Star convenience store located at the intersection of US Highway 1 and NC Highway 5 not far from the NAPA store where the first vehicle had been left.
This vehicle is described as a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV light blue in color with a North Carolina License Tag of EHJ-1358. Officials are still seeking this stolen vehicle as of this report and anyone with information on its whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement. .
This is the 3rd time in the last week that a vehicle has been stolen at a local business while it was left running by the owner. Residents are urged to use caution when leaving their vehicles including not leaving the vehicle running or valuables clearly visible.
These incidents are under active investigation. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department Crime Tip Line at 910-944-4561 or by calling 911.