Man with ‘tears in his eyes’ accused of stealing car from gas station

Man with ‘tears in his eyes’ accused of stealing car from gas station

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - A man is facing charges after a woman says he jumped in her car and drove off with it Wednesday morning.

The victim posted on Facebook that her 2015 blue Hyundai Elantra was stolen around 7 a.m. at the Speedway on E. Franklin Boulevard while she was paying for gas at the pump.

The suspect, 45-year-old Tony Owens, was arrested Wednesday and charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

Owens
Owens (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

“I literally just put my card in the gas pump and turned around to see a man walking towards me with tears in his eyes saying his girlfriend left him with nothing,” the victim posted on Facebook. “The next thing I know he jumped in and drove off.”

The suspect drove the car to Fort Mill and stole some beer before being caught, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The victim says she is just glad to be alive.

“All I can do is thank God that I am not physically hurt and I am still here for and able to take car of my babies,” the victim shared on Facebook.

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