No one wants to get into their cars in the morning and sit in the cold while it warms up. Apparently, car thieves know that.
Police are warning residents about leaving their cars running and unattended after two cars were stolen this morning in Dalton.
Two victims told police they had started their cars and left them to warm up while they finished getting ready. In both cases, when the victims came back outside, they found their cars gone, according to a news release from the Dalton Police Department. Neither car had been locked.
The stolen cars were a white 2005 Mazda MPV minivan — Georgia tag REG2419 — which was stolen between 5:15 and 5:35 a.m. from the parking lot of the Budgetel Hotel at 609 South Thornton Ave. and a gray 2007 Nissan Maxima — Georgia tag REB1858 — which was stolen between 6 and 6:15 a.m. from the Underwood Lodge apartments at 1306 Underwood St.
The Dalton Police Department urges residents to not leave their keys in their car or leave their car running unattended for any reason. If they insist on leaving their cars running unattended, drivers are urged to locks the doors.
Anyone with any information on these car thefts is asked to contact the Dalton Police Department's patrol division by calling 706-278-9085 and press 3 or dial 911.