Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said more than a third of auto thefts last year were the result of keys left inside vehicles and even with the engine running.
A 1987 Cadillac with new 22-inch chrome and purple rims and three TV screens inside was stolen while left running at a gas pump at a Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard convenience store. The driver went in the store to buy something and within a minute, someone walked up, got inside and drove off.
The theft was captured on video cameras on the property and police are seeking the suspect.
Of 21 vehicles reported stolen last week in SCMPD's jurisdiction, six had keys left in them. Four vehicles were left running unattended. One vehicle stolen had the keys left on the floor and another vehicle stolen had keys left in the trunk lock, according to police. But auto thefts are down 11 percent compared the same period last year.
With temperatures dropping, police are warning drivers to avoid leaving the cars running unattended.
Anyone with information on the Cadillac theft or other auto thefts can call CrimeStoppers at 912. 234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.