STOCKTON -- Surveillance cameras at a market near the intersection of Acacia and Yosemite Streets in Stockton captured video of a carjacking that happened Monday afternoon.
A 76-year-old Stockton resident was loading items into the back of his PT Cruiser with the engine running when a man got into the driver's seat. Seeing what was happening, the victim ran to the driver's side door, but the suspect drove off, causing the victim to tumble to the pavement, almost getting run over by another car.
"It only took a matter of seconds for him to get inside that vehicle and steal it from our victim," said Officer Joseph Silva of the Stockton Police Department.
"We want people to remain vigilant and to always be aware of their surroundings," Silva added. "And we never recommend people just leave their cars running."
The victim, who did not wish to be identified, told FOX40 he suffered some scratches and was shaken up, but is otherwise OK. He and his wife had to change all their locks and garage door code. He cautions people against leaving too much personal information in their vehicles.
The car is a tan PT Cruiser, license plate number 4VYN907. Anyone who thinks they've seen the car or the man in the surveillance video is asked to contact the Stockton Police Department.
A video with additional holiday safety tips is pinned to the Stockton Police Department Facebook page.