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Idling cars lure wintertime thieves

Friday, December 14, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Whether you call them “puffers” or “warm-ups,” call these cars gone.
   Yakima ranks second to Spokane for Washington car thefts, and on winter mornings crooks find easy pickings when car owners start their engines and return inside their homes while the heater warms up.
   Billowing exhaust serves as smoke signals, alerting car thieves. Although leaving an idling car unattended in your own driveway is not illegal, it’s certainly not smart. Read the Yakima Herald Republic article.

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