A Mount Airy man was arrested after a car was stolen from the parking lot of the Sheetz at 6050 Buckeystown Pike, officials said.
Dennis Lee Smith Jr., 47, was taken into custody by Frederick County sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 17 after deputies reviewed the store’s video footage. At about 5:30 p.m., a white man in blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket walked around the car, looked inside, got in it and drove away, heading south toward Guilford Drive.
Later that evening, authorities responded to Manor Woods Road after a suspicious vehicle matching the description of the stolen car was reported. Witnesses saw a man who matched the description of the one in the security footage exit the car and run to a nearby farm, according to a news release.
A police dog led deputies to a large brush pile on the property where they eventually arrested Smith.
In the release, the sheriff’s office reiterated that leaving a vehicle unoccupied with the keys inside is illegal and unsafe. The agency urged residents to keep their car keys with them and their vehicle locked after parking and exiting it.