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Brazen thieves steal Hixson pastor's truck from church parking lot

Surveillance footage catches this man stealing Pastor Jimmy Talley's Truck early Sunday morning. (Courtesy: Jimmie Talley)

UPDATE:

Jimmie Talley tells NewsChannel 9 the Chattanooga police found his stolen vehicle, abandoned, on Norfolk Southern railroad lock.

He saw the truck for the first time on Monday.

"It's been spray painted. Junked on the inside. Seatbelts cut. They messed with the electronics on the interior of my truck," Talley told NewsChannel 9.

Police have not made any arrests.

"It's a disturbing feeling to think someone is watching to see if you've given them a moment of opportunity to steal, to take something from you," said Talley.

Ty Cooper, an investigator with the Auto Theft Unit of the Chattanooga Police Department, says as the temperature drops, the number of car thefts jumps.

"It makes it a lot easier for that suspect to see that the vehicle's running because your exhaust creates steam so you can tell the vehicle's running," said Cooper. "If it's sitting there running unoccupied, basically you leave yourself open to becoming a victim."

Even though the suspects are still on the run, Talley says people are doing what they can to get the word out.

"We heard that on social media that this story had been shared over 1,000 times. It's been extremely helpful," said Talley.

Now, he is warning others not to leave their keys in the car.

"Hindsight is 20/20," said Talley. "Be careful on these cold mornings."

ORIGINAL STORY:

Authorities are searching for two brazen thieves who stole a truck from The Ministry Center parking lot early Sunday morning.

The white 2011 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner belongs to Pastor Jimmie Talley.

Talley told NewsChannel 9 he stopped by his church just after 7:30 Sunday morning to turn the heat on before services.

Knowing he would only be inside for mere minutes, Talley left his truck running in the parking lot.

Surveillance video shows the opportunistic thieves pull into the church parking lot and steal the vehicle.

The video reveal a man and woman working together to make off with the truck.

As of Sunday evening, the truck has yet to be located.

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