Man Warms Car Up, Someone Steals It

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

October 26, 2006

It's nice to get into a warm car on a cold morning, and for some folks that means letting your engine run while you finish getting ready.

One man did that Thursday morning while getting ready for work, but when he went back to the car it was gone.

"I started the car. I went inside to get something, and come back in five minutes. The car was gone," said Nicanor Montiel.

Nicanor Montiel's blue Chevy Blazer was taken from the 400 block of Albemarle County's Hickory street. Montiel never thought doing something so simple, and common at 7:00 a.m. Thursday would leave him out in the cold.

"I was surprised. I was so surprised that I went to call police," said Montiel.

Albemarle County police answered the call within 30 minutes. A report was filed, and now they are looking for Montiel's blue truck. As for Montiel, he missed work, and does not know how he will get around anywhere without his truck.

While it may be tempting for you to warm up your car when it's cold outside, police say leaving it unattended may be very tempting for thieves.

"It is tempting, but most crimes are crimes of opportunity where people see things, and it can happen. I can almost guarantee you this was by someone local, or in the Southwood area," said Lieutenant John Texeira of the Albemarle County Police Department.

Whoever stole Montiel's two-door blazer did it in less than five minutes.

Whether it was someone from the neighborhood, or someone walking by seeing the perfect opportunity, Montiel has no idea who the thief could be.

"I do not have problems with anybody. We're all friends around here," added Montiel.

The police department says one way to get around having your car stolen while you run inside the house is to lock the doors to the car. You should also keep an extra key in your pocket. Thieves are not likely to break a window if they know you are coming right back.

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