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Cars left running are an invitation to thieves, Colorado Springs police warn.

December 7, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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Police are urging Colorado Springs residents to avoid leaving their cars running while unattended after seeing a spike in morning car thefts Thursday. Photo courtesy KKTV.

Don't leave your car running, warming up outside your house or while you dash inside a store for a minute. Otherwise, you might not find it still there when you return.

Colorado Springs police warned residents against making it easy for car thieves after a rash of vehicle thefts overnight Thursday.

At least four cars were reported stolen in the city Thursday morning, three of which had been left running with no one inside.

One was taken from a 7-Eleven off Fountain Boulevard. Another was stolen from a home off Fountain Boulevard when the owner "ran inside for a minute."

A third was taken from a business on Arlington Drive off of South Circle Drive. The car was locked, but the thief broke a window and drove off.

The fourth vehicle was stolen sometime overnight from outside a business on Gold Medal Point in northeast Colorado Springs.

Police do not believe the thefts are related, but warned the public that wintertime car thefts are common.

"This is the time of year when the weather gets really cold and, although it's an inconvenience for people to be in a cold car before they go to work, it really puts them at a high risk of their car being stolen," Lt. Patricia Feese said. "People just go inside for a minute, but that is all it takes for the car to be stolen."

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