Man steals car as it was being vacuumed on Canal St.

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UPDATE: This man has been arrested after swiping cash from a gas station as he was trying to fill up the stolen BMW. Read all about it here.

NEW ORLEANS – A man stole a car that was being cleaned behind a business on Canal Street yesterday afternoon.

The unidentified man walked up to an employee that was vacuuming a 2017 BMW BX3 with a Louisiana license plate N418568 at the Budget and Avis Rent A Car in the 1300 block of Canal Street just after 1:30 p.m. on September 7, according to initial reports by the NOPD.

The man brandished what the employee thought was a handgun wrapped in a shirt and demanded the car.

The man hopped behind the wheel of the BMW, which was idling, and drove off toward Lake Pontchartrain, according to the NOPD.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact First District detectives at (504) 658-6010.

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