CCTV footage has captured the moment a car owner was dragged from his reversing vehicle after confronting a “brazen” thief.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night in Perth’s southeast as a man stopped at a 7-Eleven petrol station on Orrong Rd to buy a cup of noodles.
Parking outside, the man in his 30s left his Toyota Camry unlocked with the keys in the ignition.
Footage shows a man quickly take advantage by climbing into the vehicle as the owner runs back outside.
He can bee seen opening the driver’s side-door as the thief quickly reverses away.
Detective Constable Shannon Parker said the man became trapped in the door as the vehicle reversed, and was dragged along the ground for a short distance.
“It’s a very serious crime that's been committed,” he said.
“The actions of the offender are quite brazen. As a result of the incident, the victim has then sustained injuries to his face and arms and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.”
The vehicle, identified as a 1996 silver Toyota Camry with plates 9HM769, was stolen in the encounter.
Detective Constable Parker said police were hoping the footage would assist identifying a bearded man seen prior to the incident.
“Detectives are appealing for information from the public about this incident … come forward and contact Crime Stoppers,” he said.
Crime Stoppers can be reached on 1800 333 000 or online at http://crimestoppperswa.com.au.