Winter Warning As Thefts Spike: Don’t Leave Your Car Running Unattended
by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
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
"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
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
"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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