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2013-01-30 08:18

LEFT OUT IN THE COLD: Manchester United mid-fielder Pual Scholes (inset) has had his Chevrolet Captiva stolen from his driveway after he left the engine on to thaw built up ice on the car.

LONDON, England - Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes had his 4X4 stolen from his driveway as he defrosted its windscreen.

The thieves pounced after the Old Trafford legend left the engine running on his Chevrolet Captiva to melt the ice while he went back indoors.

VICTIM OF FROST-JACKING


Known as "frost-jacking" this type of theft rises during any cold period, as thieves look out for anyone who has left their car running while it warms up.

Tracker's police relationships manager, Stuart Chapman, comments: “This theft goes to show how anyone can be a victim of calculating car thieves. Our stolen vehicle intelligence shows that thieves look out for cars on frosty mornings, shopping around for the most popular makes and models, as temperatures start to drop.

"Modern cars use inbuilt security that makes it more difficult to steal them without the keys, so every year thieves exploit the cold snap to target car owners who take the risk on frosty mornings.”

Chapman concluded, “Unfortunately this type of theft is all too common, with Scholes just one of a number of victims of 'frost- jacking'.

"Although it might be tempting to leave your car running to defrost windows and warm it up, this is a gift to a car criminal. We urge owners to use common sense, especially on cold morning, when thieves could be looking for an opportunity to steal a car from under your nose."



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