SUV stolen while it's left to warm up

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 2:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 2:59 p.m.

Your mechanic may tell you it's a good idea to let your vehicle warm up for a few minutes before driving in the cold weather. Your local deputy along with the owner of a 2001 Lincoln Navigator will tell you it's a bad idea to walk away from your vehicle while it's warming up.

On Thursday at about 10:30 p.m., someone stole the beige, 2001 Lincoln Navigator that had been left running to warm up outside a home in the Archer Homes subdivision.

"The lesson here is to never leave a vehicle running while you are not in it," said Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey.

The Navigator was next seen at about 3:30 a.m. by Deputy Daniel Wood. He saw the vehicle turn into the parking lot of the Cricket Club Apartments at 501 SW 75th St. Wood said the person driving the navigator bailed out while it was still in gear. While the suspect ran off, Wood said the Navigator continued heading south through the parking lot at a slow speed. Wood tried to catch up to the Navigator but was unable to reach it before it crashed into a privacy fence between the apartments and the Sparrow condominium community next door.

A canine team tracked the driver to the Holy Heights area but was unable to locate the suspect.

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