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Winter Warning As Thefts Spike: Don’t Leave Your Car Running Unattended

SPOKANE, Wash – In this frigid winter weather, it's only natural to want to climb into a warm – frost-free – car in the mornings.  But thieves are on the look out for easy targets, and they're finding more and more.

Spokane Police report that car thefts are up right now, presumably because of people leaving them running and unattended.

It happened again this morning in north Spokane in the 8800 block of N. Colton, when Alayna Thompkins left her Honda running in the driveway – just a few feet from her door.

"I heard my tires squealing… I came running out and I saw this guy pulling out of my driveway in my car, and I started screaming and yelling, and I ran after him as he drove down the street," she told KHQ.  "It was horrible."

She called 911, and police ended up finding the car within an hour near Wellesley & Nevada – with the suspect, Robert Brasford, 42 – still inside.

It's an especially tough blow because Thompkins says she just bought the car 10 days ago, and by the time police found it the radio had already been torn out.

"I park my car where I can see it from my house, thinking that maybe somebody won't steal my car then, but apparently that didn't matter," Thompkins told KHQ, with the disconnected radio in her hands.

A very tough lesson to learn on this cold winter day, but not one Thompkins will risk again.  From now on, she says she'll invest in an anti-theft device or alarm system, and will be parking her car in the garage from now on.

 

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