Thieves steal car left warming up in Roeland Park driveway


Roeland Park police say they’ve received a report of the first car of the season stolen in that city because it was left warming up in the owner’s driveway.

This morning at 7 a.m., a resident in the 5200 block of Sycamore left his Toyota Camry running in the driveway to warm up. The man reported that he had the car locked and was prepared to open it with his spare after the car had gotten warmer. When he went out to get in the car and leave the house, he found that it was gone.

Police Chief John Morris said gaining entry to a locked vehicle poses little challenge for thieves.

“That is one of the easiest things to do, gain entry into a vehicle,” Morris said. “It only takes a few seconds if you know how to do it.”

State and city statutes make it illegal to leave an unoccupied car running. The laws exist to deter car owners from making themselves vulnerable to thieves.

“This is real life and there are people out there that will steal your vehicle if you give them the opportunity,” Morris said.

As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the car had not been recovered.