Police warning after opportunist thief steals car in Torquay
THE police helicopter was launched after a stolen car crashed into a wall in Torquay.
The hooded thief ran off, abandoning the badly damaged stolen Freelander Land Rover.
The car, which is thought to have had the keys left in the ignition, had been stolen minutes before its driver lost control, colliding with a wall in Woodend Road, beside Wellswood Park.
The driver left a trail of broken glass and plastic along the length of the stone wall.
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Now police are warning drivers to take more care after opportunist thieves have jumped into cars which have been left with keys in the ignition.
Insp Adrian Leisk said: "The big message from us to the public is 'please if you are warming up a frozen car in the morning, or leaving a car for any reason, do not leave the keys in the ignition'.
"It's a vulnerable time of the year for this type of aggravated vehicle taking."
In this week's latest incident, on Monday February 11 at 10.50am, a man in a hooded jumper was seen running away from the scene.
The white male is described as being in his late 30s or early 40s, unshaven, and wearing a dark coloured hooded-type sweatshirt.
Insp Leisk added: "To put this incident in perspective, we have only had 87 vehicle thefts in Torquay in the whole of last year. Many of those were thefts of scooters and motorcycles. Car theft is still a relatively rare event."