An Alpharetta man who left his vehicle running and unlocked while he stopped in a gas station at Old Milton Parkway and Morrison Road was lucky he didn't lose more than his iPad momentarily.
The man told Alpharetta police he parked his vehicle in front of the Shell station and when he began to walk into the store, he saw a man and a woman walk over from the hotel next door.
While he shopped, he noticed the woman standing by his vehicle as if she was acting as a lookout. It appeared the man was standing on the driver's side of his vehicle. That alarmed him enough that he dropped the items he had planned to buy and headed outisde.
At this point, the woman stared walking to the entrance to the store, and the man was in front of his vehicle near the propane storage lockers, and then started walking toward the store entrance.
When he got to his vehicle, he noticed his iPad 2 was missing from the front passenger seat. He waited for the man and woman, and told them he wanted his iPad back as they walked back to the hotel. They returned to the hotel, and the victim called Alpharetta police. He found his missing iPad behind the propane gas locker.
Trevor Ernesto Araya, 27, of Alpharetta, was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with entering auto. He was released from Fulton County Jail on Feb. 10.
For questions about this blotter, email Bob Pepalis.