Man arrested after stealing running car from Virginia Beach 7-Eleven parking lot

Ranell Kenneth Smith (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police have arrested a suspect that allegedly stole a car that was left running in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

Ranell Kenneth Smith, 26, was arrested on Wednesday before 10 a.m.

Police say that around 12:28 p.m. on May 25, Smith entered the store at 300 S. Rosemont Road. When he left the business, police say he walked out to an unlocked and running vehicle in the parking lot, jumped in and took off. The victim ran outside after seeing her vehicle leaving.

The stolen vehicle was a blue 2004 Hyundai Elantra with Virginia tag VPW-4547.

Smith is being charged with grand larceny and is being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.