Cops seek driver who stole John Deere vehicle, hit gas station attendant and then fled

Suffolk County police said, for the man who stole a John Deere Gator utility vehicle last month in Port Jefferson Station, then crashed it in a hit-and-run that injured a gas station attendant in Coram.

Sixth Squad detectives have released surveillance footage from the U.S. 1 gas station on Route 112 — video that shows the suspect backing into the attendant, and knocking him down before fleeing.

Police said the incident began April 20 when the man stole the green Deere Gator vehicle, which had a plow attachment, from Vistas of Port Jefferson on Bicycle Path.

The next day, police said, the man drove the Deere to the U.S. 1 station, where video shows him pull up to a pump and hand the station attendant cash for gas.

But the attendant doesn't start to fill the tank. Instead, it appears he begins to question the man. The man first attempts to get his money back, as the attendant tries to stop him from leaving. Then, when the attendant pulls out his cellphone, the man begins to drive away from the pumps — only to return seconds later and back into that attendant, sending him crashing to the ground, the video shows.

The man then plows into a garbage can before driving off, leaving the attendant sprawled on the station ground.

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