Fairfax County Police are investigating reports of 10 cars that were stolen while their owners left them running in their driveways in the Lorton area off of Silverbook Road.
The vehicles range from a 2004 Toyota Corolla, worth about $8,000 to a 2012 Acura TL, valued at around $50,000, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon.
Police distributed flyers and posted electronic sign boards in the area to help make the public aware of the thefts and deter thieves.
The first in the apparent series took place Jan. 18. The most recent was Saturday, March 10. All of the crimes occurred as owners were “warming up” their vehicles between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday).
Five of the 10 vehicles have not been recovered.
Police are urging motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended while running, to pay attention to their surroundings when getting into or out of their vehicles and to remember that there may be people watching their actions.
The FCPD Auto Theft Squad and officers from the West Springfield Police District are investigating the thefts. Despite the increase in temperatures, many motorists may still be in the routine of warming up their cars and police urge vigilance.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
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