Rochester Police Report Thefts of Keyless Ignition Vehicles
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The owners of vehicles featuring keyless ignitions take heed.
Rochester police today reported the recovery of a vehicle stolen from a parking ramp in downtown Rochester on Friday. A woman reported the theft after she left work around 5 PM and discovered it missing from a Mayo Clinic parking ramp. Police say the woman indicated she had locked the door but also told officers she had left one of her electronic key fobs inside the vehicle. In vehicles with keyless ignitions, that essentially means the vehicle is not locked and anyone wishing to steal it only needs to push the ignition button to start the engine.
Luckily, police received a report Saturday afternoon about a couple of teenagers sitting in a car smoking pot in one of the parking lots at Quarry Hill Park. The responding officer recognized the car as the one reported stolen the previous evening and arrested the 16-year-old boy in the driver's seat.
A spokesman noted it was third such vehicle theft from a downtown Rochester Parking Ramp last week.