A Roseville resident who left his car to warm up was fortunate to get it back after it was driven off by a thief earlier this week.
However, recovery in that kind of situation is not always the case, police report.
Roseville police remind residents not to leave vehicles running for an opportunistic car thief. It only takes a moment for a thief to jump in and drive away.
That's what happened about 6:30 a.m. Monday on Callawassie Way in west Roseville when a resident started his car to warm it up and then went back into the house for a moment.
When he came back out of his home, the car was gone. Officers searched the area, soon finding it parked near 6th Street, according to a police safety newsletter.
A 27-year-old Citrus Heights woman and a 32-year-old Roseville man were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, drug possession and other charges. Officers searched the residence where they were staying, reportedly finding heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
"We know we've had some cold mornings, but please don't warm up your car for a thief," states the police safety reminder.