The Montgomery County Police Department would like to remind our community members of the importance of not leaving their cars unattended while they are running/warming up.
The colder than normal temperatures so far this month, make it very tempting for drivers to want to warm up their cars in the morning; and leave them running when they are making short stops, such as getting coffee at a convenience store. That practice is an open invitation to car thieves.
Here are three recent examples of what has happened:
On February 8 at 6:30 a.m., a 51-year-old woman from Gaithersburg, reported to police that she had gone outside that morning to warm up her van which was parked in the 17700 block of Topfield Drive. She went back in her house and left the vehicle unattended, and running. When she went back outside approximately 10 minutes later, the van was gone. The blue 1994 Plymouth Voyager has not yet been recovered.
On the same date at 10:31 p.m., also ...more