Police warn of ‘warm-up’ car thefts during the winter …
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — In the colder months, it can be tempting to turn on your car and leave it running to warm up while you seek shelter inside, but police warn this often attracts thieves.
Car thefts continue to plague the Commonwealth. Thieves stole around 12,000 cars across the state in 2022, which represented more than $137 million in damages.
While the crime rate typically increases in the summer time, Sergeant Peter Lazear, who represents the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) division of Virginia State Police, explained there is a specific genre of these crimes people should anticipate in the winter — “warm-up thefts.”