SORRENTO, La. (BRPROUD) – Dani Gotti recently made a stop at a RaceTrac on LA-22.

The local resident drove there in a 2019 GMC Terrain SLT on Monday, September 12.

Gotti would not leave there in the truck and in the process learned a valuable lesson about how the key fob works.

Around the 9:45 p.m., Gotti parked at the front of the gas station and went inside to get a couple of things.

After making a purchase, Gotti went back outside and noticed that the truck was missing.

A short search of the premises came up empty and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office was asked to initiate an investigation.

Someone allegedly left the gas station in Gotti’s truck without the key fob in it.

A search ensued for the truck which had a rack on top.

Gotti learned a hard lesson that day, a truck that is a running can be driven without the push button start key fob in it.

The local citizen said that since the incident, numerous people have said that they’ve driven their push to start vehicles without the key fob inside not realizing they didn’t have the key.

Gotti has also been told by a few people that their vehicles were stolen in a similar fashion.

When it comes to the 2019 GMC Terrain SLT, the key fob does not need to be in the truck for you to drive away.

In this instance, Gotti’s phone was thrown from the truck on the interstate.

After all of that, there is some good news to share.

Gotti is now back in possession of the truck.

The local resident said the truck was picked up from a wrecker yard in Lafourche Parish.

After this experience, Gotti has this warning for local drivers, “this can happen to anyone, it doesn’t matter if you’ve taken every safety precaution and are completely aware of your surroundings.”

Gotti suggests having some type of tracking device on your vehicle and if you have a smartphone, install a tracking app on it.

Lastly, do not assume that you being in possession of a push button start key fob will prevent someone else from driving off with your running vehicle.