Man dragged trying to stop truck thief

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro man found himself in a life-threatening situation Tuesday morning. His truck was stolen as he was dragged alongside of it.

The victim did what police say many others have done; he left his truck running while he ran into a convenience store.

The store's surveillance video shows the man notice his truck backing out. He darts toward the vehicle, grabbing onto the car door as a woman drives off.

While the man is clinging to his truck, the clerk is calling police.

On the video, the clerk is heard telling police, “They're dragging the owner down the street.”

Police say the man was dragged for about a block down Meridian.

Master Sergeant Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “The suspect swerves over toward another car, trying to knock the victim off. The victim chooses to let go and falls to the ground.”

When the video picks back up, the man is limping back into the store.

The clerk asks, “Are you OK?”

The man says, “I’m all right.”

He goes on to say, “They got my cell phone. At least I have my wallet.”

Knight said, “That's truly the number one way we see cars stolen during very cold weather.”

Police say, while it is tempting to leave your car running to keep it warm, it's never a good idea to leave your can unattended.

Knight said, “It makes it very easy pickings for a thief. They just simply hang out at a convenience store or go into a neighborhood and they'll find a number of cars running.”

While police understand why the victim would run after his truck, they don't recommend it.

Knight said, “We don't ever encourage anyone to grab ahold of a moving vehicle and try to get inside of it. That's something that could lead to serious injury or death.”

Police say the victim's foot was run over when he let go of the truck.

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