11 cars stolen while warming up on Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 28, 2015) - Police are investigating a string of car thefts in Indianapolis this week.

At least 11 cars were stolen after being left unattended while running on Tuesday. Eight of the thefts happened in IMPD's East District.

The victims told police they were warming up their vehicles early Tuesday morning.  When each of the 11 victims went back outside, they realized their cars were gone.

Officers say the string of thefts is not only an issue for the individual victims, but also present a public safety concern. Car chases can occur when police attempt to track down stolen vehicles.  The chases can lead to other people getting hurt.

"All of these guys are driving off at a high rate of speed during school bus stop hours, " said Sgt. Stephen Staletovich. "So, it's only matter of time that because of carelessness they're going to get someone hurt."

The Tuesday thefts happened between 4:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. The victims in these cases range in age from 20 to 80 years old.

Police were able to locate one suspect in a stolen vehicle Tuesday. He led police on a chase and was eventually arrested.

No arrests were made in the other cases. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

Staletovich said this is a constant problem during the winter months. East District officers see about two of these car thefts per day.