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SPD: Don't Leave Vehicles With Engines Running Unattended

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have issued a reminder to area residents to not leave vehicle engines running while unattended in the street.   

Now that the weather is getting colder in the mornings and vehicles are likely to be frosted over, people are tempted to start their cars and warm them up.  Most of the time this is acceptable, if the vehicle is on private property. 

If the vehicle is parked in the street and left un attended as it is running the fine is $124.00.  Car thieves are most active in the early mornings, especially when cars are warming up.  Police ask that you sit in the vehicle while it is warming up to prevent it from being stolen. 

On Monday police responded to a vehicle theft at 6:30 a.m.  The victim said he was warming up his vehicle in front of his home.  When he went to go to work, he saw that the vehicle was missing.  Fortunately, a Spokane police officer saw the vehicle running in the Shadle Wal Mart parking lot about 20 minutes later and arrested 31-year-old, Dustin Burrows for vehicle theft.   

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