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A man and a woman took advantage of a driver who left her SUV running while she went inside a gas station market in Petaluma early this morning, a Petaluma police lieutenant said. The woman parked her Ford Explorer in the Chevron gas station parking lot in the 4900 block of Petaluma Boulevard North around 4:50 a.m. She left the SUV unlocked and running while she was in the market for about two minutes, Lt. Tim Lyons said. As she walked out of the store, she saw her vehicle being driven south on Petaluma Boulevard, Lyons said. A witness told police a man driving a Honda pulled up next to the Ford Explorer, got out of the Honda and drove away in the Ford, Lyons said. A woman in the Honda then drove that car away, Lyons said.
The missing black, two-door 1998 Ford Explorer has a California license plate number of 4HXZ520, Lyons said. The driver of the Honda is described as a white man in his mid-40s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds. He had a dark goatee and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans, Lyons said. The woman in the Honda is believed to be in her 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 125 pounds, with shoulder-length black hair. She was wearing pajama bottoms with distinctive vertical stripes.
Anyone who has information about the theft is asked to call Petaluma police at (707) 778-4372.
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