Calgary Police have made quick work of finding those believed responsible for a string of car thefts this week.
Police say between Sunday night and Monday morning, a 2002 Honda accord and a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe were stolen from an auto service shop in Hawkwood, by breaking into the after hours key drop box.
Then Tuesday morning, a man left his 2006 Toyota Sienna unattended and running at a hotel in Mayland Heights. The Sienna was stolen by a man in a Honda Accord, the same care believed stolen in Hawkwood.
HAWCS was called in to help officers, and over the next three hours police observed people driving the different stolen vehicles. Three people were taken in to custody later in the day at anorthwest pub and all three vehicles were recovered.
Wesley Mitchell-Scott, 25, Ali Imran Naqvi, 29, and Santana Jodie Ahpay, 24 are each facing several charges.
The Calgary Police Service would like to remind the public not to leave vehicles unattended while the keys are in the ignition. It takes less than a minute for a vehicle to be stolen while running. Other tips include:
- Lock up your vehicle; close the windows and sunroof when the vehicle will be unattended to. If you park your vehicle in a garage, make sure the overhead garage door and pedestrian door are locked as well. Do not leave a spare key hidden inside the vehicle.
- Consider installing an aftermarket car alarm if your vehicle is not already equipped with one.
- Be aware of where you park. Well lit parking lots and streets with lots of vehicular and pedestrian traffic will help to deter car thieves.
- Do not leave garage door openers in vehicles. Thieves can use them to gain entry to a home.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle. This includes parcels, cell phones, GPS devices, laptops, clothing or money.