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Akon’s SUV was stolen as he was pumping gas

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Akon was targeted by a brazen car thief in the early Tuesday as the “Smack That” artist was fueling up at an Atlanta gas station.

WAGA-TV reports that Akon, 48, had apparently left his car running as he was pumping gas into his Range Rover SUV, allowing an opportunistic thief to jump into the driver’s seat drive off with the luxury vehicle.

Atlanta PD Captain Dorian Graham said of the unfortunate situation, “It only takes a second for someone to jump in your vehicle and take off.”

Akon wasn’t harmed and, luckily, was able to retrieve his car by using a tracking app on his phone to locate his vehicle’s whereabouts.

The SUV was located in nearby Forest Park, Georgia — which is about an 11 miles drive.  An investigation is ongoing but no arrests have been made.

The brazen theft transpired the day after Atlanta officials mulled over a new measure that could deter wannabe car thieves by mounting security cameras directly on gas pumps.

Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong said that the additional cameras are necessary, adding, “It is a significant enough crime and a consistent enough crime that it warrants this intervention.”

In addition, drivers are being cautioned not to leave their vehicles running during gas runs.

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