RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police in Richmond Heights are warning residents not to leave their vehicles running and unattended after two vehicles were stolen Friday morning.
The vehicles were running and unattended when they were stolen in the area of Yale Avenue and Claytonia Terrace between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
"These guys go out and specifically look for this. They're excited for the first cold day of the year. They're going to come out and look for running automobiles. They're going to get in and take them," said Sgt. Gerry Rohr with Richmond Heights police.
Rohr said thieves may even steal a locked car.
"I guess its another deterrent but its really easy to break a window or pry that door handle and you've got a running car. So I would advise against it," Rohr said.
They department is also remind all residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.
In St. Louis City, drivers can receive a ticket for leaving their running car unattended for more than five minutes.