Atlanta police are searching for musician Akon’s SUV that was stolen from a QuikTrip on Sidney Marcus Blvd in Buckhead just after midnight on Tuesday.
The 48-year-old singer, rapper and music producer had just finished pumping gas and left his white Range Rover running while he went inside the convenience store, police say.
Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, is best known for his singles “Locked Up” and “Lonely” off his debut album Trouble (2004).
His second studio album Konvicted (2006) sold over one million records in the U.S. after only six weeks.
Konvicted spawned the hits “Smack That” (featuring Eminem), “I Wanna Love You”, featuring Snoop Dogg, “Gringo” and “Don’t Matter.” The album eventually sold more than 5 million copies globally.
Auto thefts in Atlanta are up about 47 percent from this time last year, according to 11 Alive News.
Atlanta police urge residents to be vigilant and never leave their vehicles running. A similar incident happened to Atlanta rapper Ludacris last year when his Mercedes was stolen.
“Any time you stop your vehicle and you leave your vehicle for just a split second, please turn your vehicle off and take your keys with you and secure your vehicle,” Lt. Dorian Graham told 11 Alive. “We’re having far too many vehicles stolen because we are leaving our vehicles running.”