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Car thieves take advantage of cold weather, Sheriff says

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison police and the Dane County Sheriff received multiple reports of stolen vehicles Wednesday, most were taken while the vehicles were running and unoccupied.

Frigid temperatures Wednesday caused many to warm their cars before making their drives to work, the store or anywhere else.

While the weather forced many businesses, schools and government offices to close, it did not deter some from carjacking, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said in a statement.

The sheriff pointed to three incidents of car theft and a burglary in the town of Middleton.

“During the afternoon hours a citizen left his vehicle running, in his driveway, when it was stolen in the little time it took him to walk into the house and look out the front window,” Mahoney said.

In a separate incident Wednesday evening, a house was broken into after  “the suspect(s) entered an unlocked, non-running, vehicle parked in the driveway,” Mahoney said. A garage door opener in the unlocked car was used to open the garage door.

The thief or thieves) walked into the house from an unlocked door in the connected garage, according to the sheriff.

“Several personal items of value and their two vehicles were stolen,” Mahoney said. “This also occurred while the residents were awake and inside their home.”

In a blog post Wednesday, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said his department responded to four calls involving stolen autos Wednesday. In three of the incidents, the vehicles were left running and unoccupied Koval said.


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