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Postby sox 06 » Sat May 05, 2007 9:00 am

Take the keys out of the ignition when you leave it :-B :-b

A Stevens Point man thought he was lucky to recover his car after it was stolen - until it was stolen again later that day.

York Heiden's pearl-colored 1990 Audi Quattro was stolen from a grocery store parking lot April 27 while his wife was running errands. The keys had been left in it.

Heiden, 36, who owns an automotive repair shop, quickly called some friends and the car was found nearby, without keys.

He said he had a friend disable the car's ignition by removing a coil wire while he left it to pick up a spare key. When he returned, the car was gone. He had forgotten, he said, that the model Audi had a two-coil system and could be driven with just one.

"I was speechless," Heiden said, recalling how he stood where the car had been found, keys dangling from his fingers, the emotional high of finding the car dashed. "All I could do was hold the key up in my hand and look at it."

"Everyone says, 'You shouldn't have left it,'" Heiden said, laughing. "But I know, I know ... So many what-ifs: I shouldn't have done this, I should have taken the tire off."

Police later found the car in the same neighborhood. It had a broken taillight and a broken piece of interior trim.

What did Heiden learn from his ordeal?

"Don't leave your keys in the ignition," he said. "And if you find it, do not leave it."
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat May 05, 2007 9:05 am

Sounds like some kid just hopped in and took it around the block. :-b
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Postby joelamosobadiah » Sat May 05, 2007 4:03 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:Sounds like some kid just hopped in and took it around the block. :-b


Yeah, something like that.

What is the guy doing leaving his keys in his car though?

WOW!
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Postby sox 06 » Sat May 05, 2007 5:18 pm

The thing that cracked me up is his car was stolen TWICE in one day !+) :-b
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Postby treat24 » Sat May 05, 2007 5:21 pm

joelamosobadiah wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:Sounds like some kid just hopped in and took it around the block. :-b


Yeah, something like that.

What is the guy doing leaving his keys in his car though?

WOW!


seems silly... but in my old home town we left keys in our cars and the cars running...

we had 1 auto theft in over 20 years... and that one was some kid who took his dad's car on a road trip without telling him...

now I live in the Twin Cities... I won't go 5 feet from my car without locking and alarming that thing...
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Postby mrblitz » Sun May 06, 2007 9:00 am

I think no matter where you park your car, if you leave the keys in the ignition, then you deserve to have your car stolen. :-B
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Postby Stejay » Sun May 06, 2007 12:59 pm

Own fault........ :-B
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Postby joelamosobadiah » Sun May 06, 2007 3:16 pm

treat24 wrote:
joelamosobadiah wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:Sounds like some kid just hopped in and took it around the block. :-b


Yeah, something like that.

What is the guy doing leaving his keys in his car though?

WOW!


seems silly... but in my old home town we left keys in our cars and the cars running...


Yeah, I know, I am from a small town as well and a farming community as well and people would always leave their keys in their car or ignition and leave their car running.

That said, this was a town of 25,000, so it wasn't exactly tiny or rural. I think its a college town as well.
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