In Your Corner: Theft Caught On Tape

By Ryan Elijah

January 27, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 1:34 AM EST

Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter)-- The Waynedale Marathon has a loyal customer base, which makes what happened Tuesday afternoon even more surprising. An elderly woman pulled up to a gas pump just before 1:30 and asked a young man to go inside and pay for her, since she didn't walk well. Instead he and his friend decided to take her 50 dollar bill and run.

While the driver got away with the woman's money, what they didn't realize was that there were 15 security cameras in place and they caught every move.

Quite frankly, what happened next is hard to believe, the young man starts as if he's taking the money inside to pay, but then appears to be clearly crafting a plan to steal the money He hides behind the green pick-up truck and within seconds he and his friend take off.

Brett Bair operates the Waynedale Marathon and couldn't believe what he saw on the security tapes.

"we want to help people and make sure they feel comfortable and the fact that she trusted someone to take her $50 and go inside and pay for her and then to have them steal it, I'm floored by that", said Bair.

While the man concealed his identity by raising his hood, he perhaps forgot that just minutes before he paid for his own gas and the security cameras clearly captured his face. Not only is the face very recognizable, but so is the green pick-up truck his friend was driving... It appears to be a Dodge with tinted windows and a marking on the side.

The woman told Bair the money was all she had in her pocket and she was saddened by the theft, the Marathon often pumps gas for people that need assistance and he can't believe someone blew a golden opportunity to help someone in need.

"good deeds are there to be taken and if you don't take advantage of a good deed this is what might happen. I hope something happens for this young man, I just don't like that he took advantage of a 70-year-old woman", said Bair.

It turns out Bair was the good samaritan, giving the woman $25 out of his own pocket. Along with the video, some witnesses also saw the incident take place and helped the woman. This isn't the first time, owner Chuck Bair has turned over security video to protect his customers. Two years ago we aired video of a man stealing a food bank collection jar from one of Bair's stations. He was identified shortly after the story aired.

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