A would-be car thief likely got a taste of his own medicine after he tried to steal a car at a Surrey gas station – only to have it stolen from him in return, according to Surrey RCMP.

A driver told Mounties he was carjacked at an Esso gas station at King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue Wednesday night.

He claimed an Indo-Canadian man and woman approached him and the man threatened him with a machete-type weapon, telling the driver to hand over the keys to his van.

As the man started to get into the vehicle, two other men described as white males in their mid-20s approached him, sparking a physical altercation.

According to police, one of the men then  took off in the vehicle, a blue 2003 Dodge Caravan with licence plate 823 RWF.

“Until such a time when we can talk to all four suspects involved, we have to assume this was a case of carjackers being carjacked,” Cpl. Bert Paquet told CTV News. “We certainly have no indication that there was a connection between the first thief and the other two males that arrived at the scene after he robbed a man of his vehicle.”

The other suspects then fled the scene, police said.

Surrey RCMP are looking for witnesses and canvassing nearby businesses for video surveillance footage.

In a possibly related incident that happened about ten minutes later, a 37-year-old man told police he was stabbed with what could’ve been a small sword during a fight with a man and woman on King George Boulevard near 106 Avenue in Whalley.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital from the 24-hour drop-in centre he was found at and he is now in stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call 604-599-0502.