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Police: Thief Steals Car Warming Up In Driveway

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ROSEVILLE (WWJ) – It can be tempting to run out and start the car to let it warm up in the winter, but it’s not always safe.

According to Roseville police, a thief stole an SUV as it was left warming up — for just a few minutes — with the keys in the ignition, while parked in a residential driveway. It happened early Friday morning in the 19000-block of Kelly Road, near 13-and-a-half Mile.

Fraser police spotted the stolen SUV, a 2005 GMC Envoy, and the driver jumped out as it was moving. The SUV rolled into a house and caused minor damage.

No one was hurt.

The suspect, a 20-year-old Detroit resident, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.  With the help of the St. Clair Shores K-9 unit, he was found hiding in a nearby garage.

Charges are pending.  The suspect remained jailed Friday afternoon pending an arraignment in 39th District Court.

His name was not immediately released.

H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) encourages anyone with information on suspicious or criminal auto theft or break-in-related activity in their community to contact police immediately, and then report the tip to H.E.A.T. at 1-800-242-HEAT or www.miheat.org.

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