Newport Beach police continue to investigate a vehicle theft that occurred when a driver left his keys inside his vehicle when he went inside a home for a few moments.
The theft occurred at 12:08 p.m. Aug. 1 on Rockford Road, said Sgt. Joe Cartwright, in an email. The driver left the 2012 white Chevy SUV unlocked with the keys inside, went into a home to get something and returned to find the SUV stolen. There was no suspect description, Cartwright said.
A Cameo neighborhood email was sent after the theft, including details from a person involved in the case.
“The car was a rental that belonged to a visiting friend,” the email said. “He had left the keys in the console while returning to the house to get additional belongings. Suitcase, laptop and other valuables were in the car since he was on the way to the airport. Children were in the yard playing at the time. While he ran back in the house, someone entered the vehicle and took the keys. The owner came back to the car, saw the keys were missing and went back into the house to try to find them. The burglar then returned to the car and drove it away in plain sight and within moments of the visitor returning to the car.”
In July, a man jumped into a running car in the 200 block of Marguerite Avenue, stealing it as the owner hugged friends goodbye on the nearby sidewalk; read our story here. In that case police located the car, but the suspect remains at large, Cartwright said.
Police urged residents to keep homes and cars locked at all times, including windows, and to use alarms if possible. Keeping homes well-lighted at night can reduce your risk of being a burglary victim, and you should always keep valuables stowed and out of sight in cars.