Cars Stolen While Left Warming Up, Police Say

The Montclair Police reported three incidents of stolen vehicles while they were left running and unoccupied last week.


The Montclair Police Department reported the following incidents of stolen vehicles while they were left unoccupied and running during the morning hours.  

  • Jan 22: At 7:20 a.m., a 2012 Volvo was left warming up in driveway on Eagle Rock Way. The vehicle was left running and unattended for about 10 minutes when it was stolen.  
  • Jan 23: At 6:49 a.m., a 2012 Infinity G37XS was stolen while left running and unoccupied on Harvard Street for about 20 minutes. The male owner started the car and then went back into his home. When went back outside the car was gone.  
  • Jan 23: At 7:45 a.m., a 2010 Volvo XC6 was stolen on Belvidere Place. The male owner started the car and when back inside his home. While inside, he saw the vehicle being driven away. The owner was unable to get a description of the occupants.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Montclair Police Department's Detective Unit at (973) 509 4724.

John Lee February 01, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Mythbusters and countless others automotive media have proven time and again that "warming up" a car is not necessary. The only difference between the time of starting the engie and pulling out is engaging the transmission. Sadly, these people who leave their keys in the car get the same full insurance coverage as the poor bloke who acted responsibly. At the very least their deductible should be significantly higher for these sort of thefts.
montclairdad February 01, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Wait, "Mythbusters and countless others" are going to tell me that my car doesn't feel 30 degrees warmer inside after I let it run for 10-to-15 minutes on a 5-degree winter morning? Not sure what science they're using.
Mary Anne Fenelo February 01, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I have a Chevy Tahoe use autostart often, especially when in NH with ice on my windshield. Cannot use my autostart without the automobile being in the locked position.
Revolution February 04, 2013 at 06:10 PM
these owners did not use common sense.


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