Nassau County cops are on the hunt Thursday for thieves who allegedly swiped at least three cars in a West Hempstead neighborhood after some residents left the vehicles running and headed back into their houses, police said in a news release.
The Jan. 2 string of thefts occurred between 5:15 a.m. and 6:44 a.m., police said. In each case, the victim went outside to warm up their car, left it running and then darted back into their house, police said.
One of the victims, a 64-year-old man, left his 2000 Toyota running along Juliet Road in West Hempstead and headed back into his house to retrieve a few items. Cops said he went back outside and saw his car being driven down the street. Police said the vehicle, which has New York license plate CDP-9704, was last seen heading north along Juliet Road.
The second theft was reported at 6:32 a.m. by a 36-year-old woman on Glen Road in West Hempstead. Cops said she went outside to warm up her 2011 Honda and returned to find it stolen. Police said the vehicle has New York registration FHW-8948.
A 53-year-old woman also reported her car was stolen Thursday morning. She told investigators that she left her 2005 Mercedes Benz warming up inside the garage of her home on Woodfield Road in West Hempstead. Police said the garage door was open and when the woman returned, her car was gone. Police are now looking for the vehicle, which has a New York license plate: DEJ-4122.
Detectives said they do not have a description of the suspect and are unaware if the thefts are being committed by a single person or a crew. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.