LETHBRIDGE - It's a common occurrence, especially during a cold snap like southern Alberta has been experiencing lately; someone starts up their vehicle and leaves it running for a period of time to warm it up.
But Lethbridge Police say there's been a series of thefts lately because people have been leaving their vehicles running and/or unlocked, and they're reminding people not to do that.
Police say in the last 24 hours, they recovered two stolen vehicles, both of which had been left unlocked. One was stolen when it was left unattended while it was running to warm up, while in the other case, the thief found a spare key in the centre console of the vehicle.
In a third incident on Wednesday, an officer was patrolling on the north side, when he saw a Ford F150 with two people in it illegally parked on 21 St. N. The rear console window had been smashed out. The officer ran a license plate check and found out the truck had earlier been reported stolen. A 36-year-old Cardston man and a 24-year-old Lethbridge man were both arrested and charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Police are asking people not to:
- leave running vehicles locked/unattended
- store or leave spare keys inside a vehicle
- leave valuables inside or at the very least ensure they aren't in plain site
Police are asking people to always:
- lock doors and secure windows
- try to park in well-lit, well-travelled areas if possible
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