Motorists in Lincolnshire are being warned not to leave their cars to defrost unattended after the first ‘defrost theft’ of 2013.
On Thursday morning a white Nissan saloon was left unattended with the engine running on a drive in Waterfront Court, Cherry Willingham, near Lincoln.
It was stolen and found crashed on the A1, at the junction of Rutland Road, a short time later. The car was badly damaged.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “Every year we experience a number of thefts as people leave their cars running to de-frost them in the morning.
“When they go into their homes to keep warm, opportunistic thieves, who do prowl residential areas on the lookout for this, get in and steal them.”
Officers are urging drivers to stay with their cars while they are defrosting them.
They are also reminding drivers that leaving cars unattended with the engine running, or ‘quitting’ a vehicle, is a criminal offence.