Thieves Targeting Unattended, Unlocked and Running Vehicles 12/23/13
CBS 7 News
December 23, 2013
Midland-Odessa - Car thefts are on the rise in Odessa and Midland; and police say they're happening because of a routine many of us practice everyday.
With the colder nights and the darker mornings, many drivers are warming up their cars and leaving them unattended.
According to police, this is the time when car thieves are running rampant.
Just this weekend alone, eight unattended vehicles were stolen in Midland.
This exact situation happened to Trinicia Graham last week. She started her truck and noticed she forgot her phone inside her home. She came back out to find her truck.
“I live in a safe neighborhood. My neighbors and I go out and start our vehicles every morning,” Graham said. “I guess we’re just living in a different world now.”
Her truck has yet to be recovered.
Police want to remind you that leaving your keys in the ignition with the engine running unattended is against the law and has a fine of up to $500.
Graham’s truck is described as a 2007 grey Ford Harley Davidson edition with chrome details. Her license plate number is: 61TYV5.
If you have been a victim of burglary of a motor vehicle, please call the Midland Police Department at 685-7108 to make a report.