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Cold-weather Ritual Leads to Grand Theft Auto Arrest

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When the weather outside turns frightful, the morning commute can be a frigid affair. That gives rise to a couple of dangerous temptations it would do well for all of us to resist.

The first temptation--to which we admit succumbing on many occasions--is to warm up the car while we go back inside to finish getting ready for work.

The second temptation--particularly potent to polar-iced pedestrians--is to jump in that unattended vehicle and drive away.

A resident of North Hartman Street in Boise failed to resist the first temptation on Friday, Nov. 20. She fired up her car at about 6:30 a.m., then hightailed it inside. But when she came back out, her ride had vanished.

Fast-forward to 5:30 p.m. the same day. A Boise Police Department sergeant patrolling the area of Irving and Orchard streets spotted a vehicle matching the description and license plate of the stolen car.

The spotting was evidently mutual because the driver took off at high speed into rush-hour traffic. For safety reasons, no pursuit was initiated. But the car was found moments later anyway. It had been abandoned on a canal access road near the intersection of Orchard and Franklin Road.

A search of the immediate area came up suspectless. But witnesses gave police "valuable" information, according to a BPD press release. And at about 11 p.m., officers nabbed their suspect--a 23-year-old Boise man--at a residence on the 100 block of West 37th Street in Garden City.

For allegedly failing to resist the second cold-weather temptation, he faces a felony grand theft auto charge.

As for our victim, she was lucky. Her vehicle was found undamaged, which is not usually the case with stolen cars. Most are stripped for parts or trashed, leaving their owners out in the cold.

Makes a warm morning commute seem not quite so tempting after all.