Video shows car theft ‘fail’ at Pierce County gas station as owner takes back his vehicle

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LAKE TAPPS, Wash. — Surveillance video captured a man’s attempt to steal a car at a Lake Tapps gas station last week.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, a customer left his car running around 6 a.m. August 27th and ran inside the store located in the 17000 block of Forest Canyon Rd E.

As the owner came out from the store, he saw caught the suspect in the process of stealing the car. Video shows the owner getting the suspect out of the car as he tries to drive away.

He and other bystanders were able to hold the suspect, Travis Warfel, until deputies arrived.

Investigators said Warfel had 13 shave keys with him when he was arrested.

Warfel was charged with vehicle theft and reckless endangerment, authorities said.

Deputies are still trying to identify the person who was at the scene of the crime with Warfel.

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