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Carjackers use an old tactic to steal cars

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Atlanta police are warning area drivers to be careful if their car is struck from behind by another vehicle.

That warning from investigators came Thursday after two people in northwest Atlanta fell victim to a "bump-and-jack".

In this crime crooks intentionally run into the rear of the victim's car.

Police say the carjacking happens when unsuspecting drivers exit their car to check for damage.

That's not the news Lora Schipper expected to hear during her morning jog.

Schipper's regular running route takes her past the intersection of Howell Mill at West Wesley where police told CBS Atlanta the bump-and-jack happens.

"I do think it's concerning and I don't know the solution," Schipper said.

This crime comes after police arrested four men who investigators believe are responsible for committing a rash of robberies and kidnappings in Buckhead, which is just a few miles away.

Now neighbors fear this method of carjacking will catch on.

"It's outrageous, it should not be happening," Schipper said.

Police said Friday this is not the first time criminals have used this tactic and are now warning people to take precaution if they are hit from behind in the near future.

"It always concerns us when there are robberies of this type because you never know what the individuals are going to do," said Maj. Van Hobbs.

APD is working this case hard.

So far investigators have possibly linked one man to all three crimes.

Atlanta police advised the following if you are confronted by crooks using this tactic.

  • Don't exit your vehicle
  • Roll you windows up
  • Call 911
  • Leave your car in gear
  • Be prepared to drive off

Investigators tell CBS Atlanta these crimes happen fast so take no chances.

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