State police continued their search Monday night for a man they say stole a woman's SUV while she was getting gas in Durham.
The 71-year-old victim, according to Sgt. Sal Calvo, pulled into the Exxon gas station at 24 Main Street shortly before 3 p.m. Monday and was immediately approached by the suspect.
"She said, 'Please don't take my car,' and he said, 'I have to,' Calvo said.
At least three people witnessed the theft, he said.
"He was waiting for the lady to get the gas," said Suleman, a clerk at the store. "He was pretending he was reading something behind the pump and as soon as the lady finished pumping the gas he just pushed her and jumped in the car."
The suspect took off in the black Nissan Rogue SUV with licenses plates 851STL, and headed south on Route 79, police said.
As of late Monday night, the vehicle had not been recovered and no arrests were made, according to state police.
The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build, wearing khaki shirts with an orange drawstring and a grey t-shirt. The suspect is between 25-30 years old and had a closely shaven head.
Calvo said the suspect did not imply that he had a weapon.
The store does not have exterior surveillance cameras, Suleman said.