Auto Shop Owner Ends Up Injured After Trying To Stop Car Thief

An auto shop owner from Tennessee was dragged by a pickup, suffering a bruised hip and other scrapes and bruises after attempting to stop a thief from getting away with someone else’s property.

Tim Rodifer, is the owner of Mr Transmission in Johnson City, Tennessee. Last month, after seeing a man trying to steal a car waiting to be serviced, he ran towards the vehicle, grabbing the thief through the open window.

Unfortunately for him, the suspect managed to put the car in gear and dragged Mr Rodifer out of the parking lot, to the point where he could no longer hang on to the side of the truck.

“Of course I sprinted as fast as I could to the vehicle, dove through the window,” said the owner of the shop. “I knew that he had no intensions of stopping at any costs, whether it was my life or somebody else’s.”

One Cody Smith was later identified as the suspect who stole the car. Smith was later arrested and charged with car theft, aggravated assault, as well as driving on a revoked license, according to WCYB.

In the end, the perpetrator was caught thanks to Rodifer’s daughter, who posted the surveillance video on Facebook, where it got over 100,000 views.


  • Six_Tymes

    I would like to know what the sentence the law gives to this “perpetrator” scum

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Why was the door of the truck wide open inviting a criminal?

    • Six_Tymes

      really stupid logic. so if a girl dresses sexy you blame her for getting rapped?

      • Adam Coats

        So if a girl dresses sexy, people will sing hip-hop songs to her?

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Whoosh! Assumption central here today.

      • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

        girls dont have to dress sexy to be raped mate, there are 10 year olds who get rapped – this is the human condition , there is the good the bad and the ugly in us, that’s why we usually keep our families and all our belongings safe indoors with the front door locked, if we don’t this shayt happens

      • uS’gedlemba

        Are you kidding me? With that footage if I was the insurer I’d sue the shop owner, this is negligence at it’s highest degree.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Really? That’s where you’re going with this video? It’s the shop owner’s fault??!! I suppose when there is a drive by shooting and an innocent person is killed, you’d say, “why was that guy standing right in the line of fire?” Too bad the shop owner didn’t have a gun! This loser would be worm food! He will be found with that kind of video quality.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        You’ve made a lot of assumptions.
        I never said it was the shop owner’s fault.
        I merely wondered why the door was lying wide open in a parking lot.
        Feel free to make your own assumptions on what other people are thinking though.

        • Six_Tymes

          do you even know English? YOU typed > “Why was the door of the truck wide open inviting a criminal?”


          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Yes, that’s what I said. It’s the sort of thing that the police would be wondering when investigating.
            Nobody would be necessarily blaming the person who left the door open for the crime that was committed but curiosity at least would cause anyone investigating to consider the events that led up to the crime…

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            It’s on his personal property that is obviously a repair business. No investigation would need to determine why the door was open. duh!

        • salamOOn

          “why the door was lying wide open in a parking lot”

          why not? if its not yours, dont take it. its stupidly simple.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          It’s not just any parking lot, it’s obviously in front of the guy’s shop, that is covered by a security camera. And what if it was any old parking lot? It’s ok to just jump in and take it?

    • salamOOn

      open door is only an open door. not an invitation.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        It is to a criminal.
        It’s an inducement; a temptation.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          So are you now saying the shop owner is guilty of entrapment. We are all accountable for our actions. This guy should be in jail if he can’t learn to not steal things.

    • Vassilis

      I’m with you man. The shop owner isn’t guilty of anything but it’s really stupid to leave a car you don’t even own unlocked and with the door open while being away from it. It’s just common sense.

  • Craig

    I’ve had a car stolen. And wheels taken off of another one. And a bike stolen. I hate thieves.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Must be nice living in a first world country where the police are always on the look out. The police in my country would just give you a tap on the back and say aww bad luck kiddo

  • Blade t

    I think the shop owner is crazy , he could of gotten himself killed trying to stop this guy .