Dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment a couple attempted to stop a man stealing their black BMW from a parking lot in Atlanta.
The footage, shared online by WSB-TV Atlanta, shows a man with a red hat and red shoes slowly pacing around a parking lot and circling a black BMW. Despite man in a Cadillac being just feet away, the thief breaks the window of the BMW and quickly jumps inside.
As the thief puts the car into gear, its owners can be seeing racing out from a nearby shop. They swing open the doors and the female can be seen diving into the passenger side of the car as the thief starts to drive off.
Speaking with local media, the woman said she’d left the BMW’s engine running and the A/C on because her dog was inside. She only expected to be gone for a minute and was within eyesight of the parked car.
“I was not letting anything happen to that dog. We just got her, and I’m thinking, ‘He’s gonna drive away with her. He’s gonna hurt her,'” the woman said.
While the woman was sitting next to the man, she repeatedly hit him until the thief crashed into another vehicle and took off on foot.
“At first he said, ‘No, you get out of the car,’ and I was like, ‘No, you get out of the car.’ And I just started grabbing his collar and hitting him as hard as I could,” she said.
Local authorities are still looking for the perpetrator and have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them.