An idle vehicle is the criminal's playground

Austin M.
Austin M. Davis
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Moose Javians can take the Tuesday afternoon events in Grand Prairie, Alta. as a reminder to never leave vehicles running.

Police called an Amber Alert when an idling truck was stolen off a driveway with a 7-month-old girl inside.

“The consequences vary quite a bit,” said Sgt. Cliff Froehlich with the Moose Jaw Police Service.

“It’s illegal to do that under the bylaw, to leave your vehicle running unattended.”

He said at the very least, motorists could be on the receiving end of a fine.

The bylaw prohibits leaving a vehicle running while unattended for any amount of time.

Having your vehicle stolen, however, is much worse than simply breaking the bylaw.

“You run the risk of losing your vehicle or your vehicle being damaged,” Froehlich said.

He said people who steal vehicles could drive it exceptionally hard and damage the transmission or engine.

“Usually when they’re stolen, sometimes it’s stolen by someone who doesn’t really care about the vehicle so it ends up in an accident, a collision, in a ditch somewhere or they try to get rid of any evidence that they were there so they’ll torch the vehicle,” Froehlich said.

Fortunately, 7-month-old Addison was located shortly after the Amber Alert was issued. She was left in her car sear on a porch at a rural home south of the city. RCMP said there didn’t appear to be any injuries, but the child was taken to hospital just to be safe.

Three people were arrested in connection with the abduction.

Froehlich said an idling vehicle is stolen in Moose Jaw once a year, on average.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service, RCMP

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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