'Brazen' thief steals car from forecourt

'BRAZEN': The car thief pictured on security footage at the Z station on Ferry Rd.
'BRAZEN': The car thief pictured on security footage at the Z station on Ferry Rd.

It took a brazen thief only 20 seconds to steal Jane Nuttridge's car from a Christchurch service station.

The incident happened about 2.30pm yesterday while Nuttridge, 26, went to pay for the $120 worth of petrol she had just put into her Nissan Skyline at the Z station on Ferry Rd. 

Security camera footage from the service station showed a man wearing a hi-vis top run over to the car from Ferry Rd. 

The man appears in the video at the two minute, 35 second mark, before jumping into the car and fiddling around inside for a few seconds before driving away.

The theft took less than 20 seconds. 

The thief also took off with groceries she had just bought, a camera, a work bag and a jacket. 

Nuttridge said she had also lost a number of items left in the car, including groceries, a camera, a bag and a jacket.

"I was very shocked. I've had the car a while and no-one's tried to steal it before."

She posted the security camera footage online shortly after the theft in the hope someone would recognise the brash thief. The video had since been shared more than 3600 times on Facebook. 

"I really want it back - and the stuff in it," she said. 

The car is described as a 1992 Nissan Skyline sedan, coloured gun metal grey, with silver wheels and the registration plate XW2341.

Detective Senior Sergeant Corrie Parnell said the theft was "certainly not the norm".

From time-to-time handbags and other items were stolen from vehicles parked in petrol station forecourts, he said.

"To steal the car is another level. It would be an exception to the rule." 

Parnell urged people to lock their vehicles when they went to pay for fuel.

"At the very least remove your keys."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400, or can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Press