Raleigh police: Don’t leave your running car unattended

Wake County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police are reminding everyone to not leave your running vehicle unattended.

“They become a prime opportunity for thieves to steal in a matter of seconds,” the Department said in a release.

Raleigh police reported at least 25 vehicles being stolen while left running between November 2018 and March 2019.

Michael Anthony Lucas (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)

“Even with the doors locked, a window can easily be broken, giving a thief access to the vehicle,” Raleigh police said.

A 16-year-old from Raleigh was initially arrested Nov. 19 and charged with possessing a stolen vehicle.

Michael Anthony Lucas has since been charged with six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle.

“In a majority of the incidents, the cars were left running and unattended,” Raleigh police said.

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