Once she realized someone else was starting up her car, the victim did the only thing she thought she could do.
She pulled the gas nozzle out and sprayed him while he was in the driver’s seat. That scared him away.
"It was like a movie. I didn't realize it was actually happening," said a witness who saw the whole thing unfold. "My son told me, he said, 'Dad, I think he's trying to steal the car,' and I was looking, and I heard the car revving up and the next thing I know, he jumped out of the car and he started running."
Soaked in gasoline, the would-be thief ran down the road and got back into the same Dodge Charger that dropped him off.
Deputies said they think the same guys have done this before, so they want help catching them.
"This is definitely not the first time they've done this. I'm pretty sure they'll be attempting it again," Thomas said.