Thief steals sat-nav while car being defrosted
A Quedgeley man is counting the cost of leaving his car to defrost after a thief coolly breezed in and made off with his satellite navigation system.
The incident happened in Kestrel Gardens at about 10.10am yesterday after the victim, a 27-year-old man, had left the engine of his Volkswagen Golf running while it was on his driveway.
An unknown offender entered the vehicle through the unlocked driver's door and grabbed a TomTom satellite navigation system worth around £150 and £6 in cash.
Local police are appealing for anyone with information about the theft to ring 101, quoting incident 119 of January 16.
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They are also urging motorists to beware this type of incident.
Quedgeley PC Lucy Kay said: "It happens a few times every year and our advice is simply not to take the risk.
"A couple of weeks ago when I was on patrol I saw a car with nobody nearby and the engine running and took the keys out myself.
"When the owner appeared seven minutes later I gave him the keys back and explained that he was lucky I was a police officer and not a thief. If the car had been stolen the offender could have been on the motorway by the time the owner realised!"