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So it begins: Car warming up in driveway stolen from Kent man

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2006 at 4:13 pm |
October 30, 2006 4:13 pm

A frosty windshield and a jones for a second cup of java added up to a missing Lexus for a Kent man Monday.


Kent police spokesman Paul Petersen reported the man, a resident of the Chestnut Ridge neighborhood, started his car to let it warm up and melt the frost on the windows. He went back inside for a second cup of coffee while he waited.


When he came back out – you guessed it – someone had stolen his car.


Petersen summed it up this way in the news release he issued on the theft:


“Every year there are things we can count on in the Pacific Northwest. First day or boating, first day of skiing, first day of scraping frost on the windshield. Along with morning frost comes the first theft of a car running in the driveway to warm up. It happened this morning, regular as clockwork.”


Petersen said police report to upwards of 10 such thefts each year.


The solution is simple, according to Petersen: “Turn the car off and lock the door when you are out of the car, no matter how briefly.”

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