Quad City woman’s car stolen after she leaves it to warm up

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A Davenport woman's car was stolen after she left it unattended to warm up.

Alisha Adrian said it was just before 7 a.m. on Friday, November 21, when she walked outside to start her car before she took her kids to school. She started the car, then went back inside for 15 to 20 minutes, she said.

"When I looked out the window, I noticed it looked bare out there," Adrian said.

When she walked out her front door, she noticed her car was gone.

Adrian filed a police report and posted pictures on her Facebook page, asking for help. Two days later, police found the car abandoned on a Davenport street. Adrian said there wasn't any noticeable body damage, but the suspects made a mess.

"The whole inside and trunk was completely trashed," Adrian said, walking around her white Pontiac Grand Prix. "Our belongings were all over the place."

At Solar Vision in Davenport, the ringing of phones reverberated off the walls on Monday, November 24. Employees say it's the season where dozens are calling and wanting more information about remote starts.

"About 98 percent of the phone calls we are getting right now are related to remote starts," said Jason May, a salesman at Solar Vision.

May said they install about 15 to 20 remote starts a day, which he said prevents auto theft, and keeps a persons' car warm. He recommends drivers purchase a Viper remote start.

"Those use a brake and a hood switch to turn the motor off, so if somebody does come into that vehicle, they're not going to be able to take it anywhere," May said.

Some cities will fine a driver for leaving their vehicle unattended.

So far, Davenport Police have not made any arrests in the case involving Adrian's car.

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