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IMPD Warning: Don't leave the keys in car while it warms up

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 25, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is warning drivers to stop leaving their keys in their vehicles while they warm up.

On Friday morning, ten cars on the city's southwest side were reported stolen.

Jeff McConnell was one of the ten people who had his vehicle stolen. His security footage shows someone jumping inside of his truck and taking off, as he was waiting on it to warm up.

"I was beside myself. I couldn't believe it," McConnell said. "They spun out of here real fast."

It happened near Minnesota Street and Tibbs Avenue. He posted about it on Facebook and hours later someone found his truck.

"I think it's horrible. I think it's plum horrible. Get a job," another person who had their vehicle stolen, Connie, who doesn't want her last name used, said. "You want the drugs, get a job. Is exactly how I feel about it."

Connie's gold 2005 Toyota Camry was stolen near Troy Avenue and Lynhurst Drive.

"I went out and started my car and went inside to grab my coffee, walked outside, and the car was gone," she said.

RTV6 heard that you don't really need to let your car warm up for an extended period of time, so we took that question to the experts.

"Back in the old days - carburetor cars - you did have to let them warm up before you take off," Ben Stallings, with Beck Service Center, said. "But today's cars you can start and go with it in a matter of seconds.'

A message IMP hopes drivers listen to. On Friday, they were able to recover five of the ten vehicles stolen. But drivers like Connie are still waiting.

"I would do anything to get it back. Park it somewhere, let me know where it's at," Connie said. "That's all I want. I just like to have it back."

All of the vehicle stolen this morning had the keys in the ignition, IMPD said.

Call Crimestoppers at 317-262-TIPS if you have any information about any of these cases.

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