Ice-cool thieves grab cars being defrosted

PUBLISHED: 14:56 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

TWO local motorists have had their cars stolen while de-icing them during the current cold snap. A red Volvo was stolen just after 9am this morning (Tuesday) from Chesterton Avenue in Harpenden and a Renault Megane was taken from Hemel Hempstead Road, Re

TWO local motorists have had their cars stolen while de-icing them during the current cold snap.

A red Volvo was stolen just after 9am this morning (Tuesday) from Chesterton Avenue in Harpenden and a Renault Megane was taken from Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn, at around 8.30am yesterday (Monday).

A silver Megane is thought to have driven the thief to Chesterton Avenue and the stolen Volvo was later recovered in Welwyn.

Police are looking for a white teenager aged between 17 and 18, of slim build with short, dark-brown hair and wearing a navy-blue fleece.

The stolen Megane disappeared after the owner went indoors for a few minutes and it was driven off in the direction of Hemel Hempstead.

The thefts, together with two more in other parts of the county, have prompted police to reiterate their advice to drivers not to leave their cars unattended when de-icing them on frosty mornings.

Det Supt Mark Drew said: "While we haven't seen the same aggressive tactics experienced in other parts of the country, there have been several incidents where opportunistic thieves have made off with a car left unattended with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

"It is important to ensure that all windows in your vehicle are clear from ice and de-misted before you drive away so why not allow a few extra minutes in your morning routine to do this properly - an attempt to save time in the morning could result in causing you considerable inconvenience and expense.

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