Car not stolen

A 2000 red Neon sits in a parking lot in the 5500 block of Byrd Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The car was reported stolen Sunday, but it was later discovered where it had been left – only covered in snow. 

STEPHANIE JONES, stephanie.jones@journaltimes.com

RACINE — Police were sent on a search for a stolen car Sunday afternoon in Racine during the middle of the snowstorm.

The car, however, soon showed up, only it had been covered in snow.

According to Racine Police Lt. Al Days, police received a report of a stolen vehicle at 3:53 p.m.

The woman reportedly had left her car running outside in the 5500 block of Byrd Avenue about 20 minutes earlier, but when she went outside she couldn’t find her car and called police, Days said.

She told police she didn’t loan any one her keys and police started looking around the area for the “missing” 2000 red Neon, Days said.

But about half an hour later the woman called back, Days said. She had found her car.

A snowplow had come by and her car was covered in snow, he said.

While it turned out no one took her vehicle, Days said it’s still a good reminder to never leave your car running with the keys in it even for a minute.

“It’s a huge temptation for car thieves,” Days said.

Even if the doors are locked, he said, it would be easy for someone to break a window and take the car.

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