Coventry & Warwickshire

Four Coventry cars stolen in one morning

Four cars left with their engines running as they warmed up have been stolen in one morning in Coventry.

In one incident a car owner was punched as a thief tried to get away in a Peugeot 306 estate on Swan Lane, Stoke, Coventry.

The victim was sent to hospital for treatment. Cars were also taken from roads in Foleshill, Coundon and Stoke.

Police in Coventry warned drivers not to leave their cars warming up unattended.

Pete Sturgeon, from Coventry police, said: "As the weather gets colder, some motorists become careless and leave keys in their ignitions as they warm their vehicles.

"Others leave the engine running in their parked vehicles as they go back inside the house and wait for their vehicle to de-ice..

"Some victims nip inside to collect their bag or a last sip of coffee and that's all the time a car thief needs."

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