North Seattle

Police: Would-be car thief outsmarted by smart car

SEATTLE -- How smart are smart cars? It turns out they're exactly smart enough to thwart one would-be car thief's extremely rudimentary attempt to steal them.

A man sneaked into the Lincoln Towing yard in the 12200 block of Aurora last Friday night, likely following a tow truck through the security gate rather than dealing with the yard's 8-foot fence and three rows of barbed wire, according to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident.

Once inside the yard, the man ignored a tow-truck driver's order to leave and instead got into a smart car and tried to start it with a key, according to the report. However, the man's attempts were fruitless as smart cars are not started with keys.

Thus defeated, the man got out and sat on the ground until police arrived, according to the report.

Before being booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary, the man reportedly told officers he was in the yard waiting for a Department of Defense helicopter to pick him up.