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Vehicle Is Stolen At A Local Gas Station

It's easy to do - leaving your keys in your car while you run inside a gas station.

One local woman did it Monday and learned an important lesson.

"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I took a chance I should not have," said Jeni Goerndt.

On Monday, Jeni Goerndt stopped at the M&H gas station after a long days work. Once she parked her car, she left it running and went inside to get cash from the ATM machine. What happens next is something she will never forget.

"I walked outside and my Jeep was driving away," said Goerndt.

At that time, Jeni started to scream and she quickly ran inside to call 9-1-1. She says that she did not have her cell phone because it was in the car but it turns out it was a good thing. One her phone is a tracker app and police could use it to find out where the driver was going.

"They did the pit maneuver on him twice and that was what got him to stop," said Goerndt.

According to the Ward County Sheriff's Department, they chased the man for 37 minutes. He eventually made it to Velva where he was stopped and arrested.

"Something that was so meaningless to him was everything to me," said Goerndt.

Jeni wants people to remember to stay alert and don't think that the worst won't happen to you.

"Don't take it for granted that you can just run in and just run right back out and everything will be fine," said Goerndt.

Jeni doesn't blame M&H for what happened. In fact, she wants to thank the employees for their quick response to the situation. 

Kirk Wilkie is facing several charges from the incident including two felonies and three misdemeanors.

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