The incredibly daring and dangerous act happened on Wednesday near 13th South and State Street in Salt Lake City. ABC 4 Utah has video of the incident and a warning from police.
A car left warming up becomes a target for a thief who gets in and starts to back out. According to police it happens all the time in Utah. Salt Lake City Police Detective Veronica Montoya says "It just takes a few seconds and they will take it." A security camera at Cosmic Pictures at 1345 Major Street catches the car heist and catches the car owner running out and jumping on the car to stop it. SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya says "She saw somebody getting into it and backing out. So, she ran out and jumped into the vehicle."
The car's owner did not want to go on camera, but Detective Montoya and the woman's co-workers say she got the door open and started honking the horn and grabbing the arms of the thief. When he pulled out the keys - the owner grabbed them from him. Detective Montoya says the man then "got out of the car and took off. And she had her vehicle back."
Detective Montoya says going after your car is not safe and does not recommend anyone else trying it. She also says people need to stop "warming up" their cars and just walking away. "If you leave it on, and you leave it running and you leave it unattended - it's a ride to somebody." Montoya says stealing cars left running happens far too often here. "We probably have one at least one a day." And she has this warning or car owners - if they plan to warm up their cars - stay nearby.
Stealing a car - even if it is running - is a felony.
To see the security video: Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrDKIOd-ZdQ&feature=youtu.be