ARRESTED - Man Steals Car Left Running In Parking Lot

Friday, May 26, 2017

UPDATE - May 31, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Due to several tips received from viewers, Virginia Beach Police have identified and arrested the suspect wanted in this crime.

26-year-old Ranell Kenneth Smith, of the 3000 block of Harbinger Road, Virginia Beach.  Smith has been charged with Grand Larceny and is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond. 

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On Thursday, May 25, 2017 at approximately 12:28 p.m., the suspect entered the 7-Eleven located at 300 S. Rosemont Road.  He exited the business, walked around the building to the victim's vehicle that was parked, unlocked and running.  The victim ran outside after noticing her vehicle driving off.

​The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 25 years of age.  He was wearing a burgundy polo shirt, tan shorts and black tennis shoes.

The vehicle is a blue 2004 Hyundai Elantra. 

** Side note – Most likely your house key is attached to your car keys, and your registration is in the car.  Now the thief has your address and house key.  PLEASE do not leave your car running unattended. 


Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.  Callers remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

 These case remain under investigation by members of the Department's Auto Theft Squad.

MPO Tonya Pierce

Public Affairs Officer

Virginia Beach Police Department​