Car Stolen While Left Warming Up

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A lot of drivers do it and tonight, one family told 11 News it cost them their car. They left their car warming up, unattended, on University Drive on the southeast side of Colorado Springs. A few minutes later, it was stolen.

Colorado Springs Police stressed that leaving your car running while unattended is not only illegal, but it's also attracting thieves.

Dawn Ray is hoping someone will spot her stolen car. She said it took just a few minutes for her car to be taken from her apartment complex around 4 p.m. Sunday.

"I went to look out the window and a guy with a white hoodie or gray hoodie, blue jeans, and a handkerchief over his mouth jumped in my car and they left," Ray said.

In November her neighbors also had their van stolen while it was warming up.

"Yeah we know it's against the law but still," Rose Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez told us her son was warming up their van while getting his disabled daughter ready to go.

"He was almost touching the doorknob when he heard the car rev up. So he put the baby down and opened the door and ran out," Gonzalez said.

Their van has since been recovered but not without damage. Gonzalez told us it was involved in a crash and totaled.

"I think it was very, very low life for him to steal a six-year-old child's handicap car seat. It was especially made car seat for (my granddaughter)," Gonzalez said.

Ray is hoping whoever's responsible gets caught, and soon.

"I don't know anybody I have no other transportation so yeah I'm mad," Ray said.

Ray said her car is a green 2002 Chevy Trailblazer. It has a ski/luggage rack on top with a skull and crossbones license plate holder.

Police told us remote start vehicles are legal and you are allowed to leave the car running and unattended, but only if your remote starter won't allow you to put the car into gear without the keys.