Kansas City woman warns others after her car was stolen while warming up

Posted at 7:33 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 19:57:50-05

Nicki Pinault heard about thieves stealing cars that were left unattended to warm up, but she never thought it would happen to her. 

On Thursday morning, she left her car running to warm up and went in her house to get her son and some items for work. When she came back outside her car was gone. It had been stolen.

"With the cold weather and the holidays this is a crime that can happen to you," said Pinault.

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Pinault said she was only in the house for five minutes and the car was no where in sight when she walked back outside.

"Please be cautious of your surroundings, be aware and don't take things for granted that it won't happen to you  because it will," said Pinault.

Her car does have a GPS tracking device that was installed by the car dealership. Pinault called 41 Action News on Friday and said police found her car in east Kansas City, Missouri. 

The tracking device on Pinault's navy-blue Scion XD is called Motion GPS. There are several tracking devices on the market to help motorists find their cars.



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