Police catch car thieves driving with lights off

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — An Army Veteran says a couple of thugs who held him up at gunpoint and took his car didn’t get very far. Richmond Police pulled over the stolen vehicle for a traffic violation hours later.

Alonzo Epps told WAVY.com he walked outside his apartment in Newport News off J Clyde Morris Boulevard to get his mail  around 7 p.m. Wednesday. That’s when he said the two guys came from around the corner and asked for a ride to a local movie theater.

Epps went to lock his door and when he came back he said  one of the men pointed a gun right at him.

“When he said ‘give me your car keys’ I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Epps said.

Epps, who’s been deployed twice and come up against AK-47s, told WAVY.com the pistol didn’t worry him. He stayed calm,  handed over his keys, cell phone and wallet. Then, as soon as the robbers took off, he ran to a neighbor and called police.

Officers found the car just after midnight in Richmond.

“They got caught doing something stupid, of course they got caught driving with their lights off,” Epps said.

Epps, now a criminal justice student, said he’s very pleased with police and can’t wait to join their ranks.

“I’m definitely going to dedicate this degree to getting some of these thugs off the streets,” he said.

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