South Seattle

Police: Thieves make off with car left idling outside home

SEATTLE -- Police are always warning citizens not to leave their cars unattended while warming them up on cold winter mornings. And, today brings another example of why that's a bad idea.

According to the Seattle Police Department, a man left his Acura MDX idling outside while he stepped back into his home in the 3700 block of South Perry Street around 9:30 a.m. When he came back moments later, he reportedly saw three people driving off in it.

The victim's son came out and approached a blue Honda Accord parked nearby. But, the driver of the Accord threatened the son with a screwdriver and drove off after the stolen Acura, according to police.

The son was able to get the license plate number of the Honda before it drove off. It turns out the license plate had been reported stolen.

Officers arrived too late to find the four suspected car thieves.