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Man's Car Stolen After He Left It To Warm Up In Driveway

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By Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man in Old Hickory warmed up his car Thursday morning and in less than five minutes it was stolen. Police said this incident should serve as a reminder that it's illegal to leave your car running, even in your own driveway.

Jeff Burns said went out in the dark at 4:30 a.m. and started the engine and heater in his car in his driveway in Old Hickory. He went back inside the house to wait for it to warm up.

"It said on my telephone 26 degrees, and I know cold starting, driving our motor when it's cold was not good for it. So I tried to let it warm up, you know," Burns said.

He said there was frost on the windshield. Burns said less than five minutes later, he walked out the door and the car was gone.

Metro Police found the car 45 minutes later abandoned at an elementary school. There was some damage to the front end.

"Oh the car is a little scuffed up.  It's a little worse for wear, but it's okay.  I can fix it," Burns said.

Police said Burns was actually breaking the law when he left his car running and went in the house. It is against the law in Nashville to leave a vehicle unattended while it is running.

Burns got a small lecture from police, but luckily he wasn't cited.

"Yeah, he told me please don't do this again, so I'm not going to do it again.  I'll just sit in my car and warm it up myself if I have to," Burns added.

Burn's neighbor Jennifer Orange said a lot of people do it and get away with, but she knows better.

"Everybody starts their car, but me personally when I start my car I stay in it while it's running, because I don't want my car stolen," she said.

Burns said he learned a lesson.

"Do not leave your car outside with nobody in it, because you never know who's going to be nearby to steal the vehicle," he concluded.

Metro Police have been known to sit at convenience stores and watch for people leaving their cars running. In several cases they have issued citations.


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