This winter season has been a frighteningly cold one, to say the least. So it's understandable that some drivers may want to warm their vehicles up before getting in for a morning commute. One GTA driver did exactly that but instead of getting nice and toasty, she ended up as the latest victim of a Toronto warm-up theft.
The frightening incident occurred in the area of The Gore Road and Ebenezer Road in Brampton, Ontario, on Thursday, December 19 at around 7 a.m.
The victim of the theft, Rajpreet Sahota, shared the video of the incident with Narcity.
In the surveillance footage, two men can be seen walking up to a car parked on a residential driveway. Seeming to realize their opportunity, they open the driver and passenger side doors before quickly driving away with the car.
"I went inside to grab my tea which is when the two guys approached my car. I was at the door when they were pulling out," Sahota told Narcity.
"At first, I thought it was my parents but realized a moment later which is why I ran out to see where they turned."
Incidents like this can happen in a blink of an eye and some people presumably don't realize their vehicle is gone until they come out to drive off in it.
While some victims of these types of thefts may lose their car for good, luckily for Sahota, she managed to get her car back later that night.
"A couple of hours later, the police called back to let me know that the guys used my car to steal another in the area. I got my car back yesterday night," says Sahota.
Using a stolen car to steal another car is some type of bold move.
The weather outside may not be frightful...yet. But as temperatures begin to drop, don't allow your vehicle to fall… https://t.co/1elwRhSLhG— York Regional Police (@York Regional Police)1574880631.0
But then again, carjacking seems a common crime in southern Ontario right now.
Just a few weeks ago at York University, two teens tried to steal a car after holding someone at gunpoint but horribly failed due to the fact that they had no idea how to drive stick.
Back in October of this year, meanwhile, a similar incident to the one involving Sahota occurred after someone left their keys in the ignition in order to warm up their car one morning.
It only takes a few seconds for an incident like this to occur, as there are car thieves who look for opportunities such as these.
"All they need to do is check to see if the vehicle is unlocked," says Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, as quoted by The Weather Network. "They can jump in and take off and they are gone."
According to inbrampton, warm-up thefts in Brampton and Mississauga increased 60% from December 2018 to February 2019, compared to the same period a year earlier.
Don't let your car become a gift this holiday.