Three West Hempstead residents who left their vehicles running to warm them early Thursday -- including one inside her garage -- found them missing when they returned, Nassau County police said.
Fourth Squad detectives are investigating the thefts, which happened between 5:15 and 6:44 a.m. Google Maps shows the residences within a mile of one another.
Police said a man, 64, went outside his home on Juliette Road to warm his 2000 Toyota (New York license plate CDP-9704). He left the vehicle running to get his belongings, and when he returned the car was gone.
Police said the man saw it being driven north on Juliette Road.
At about 6:30 a.m., a woman, 36, went outside her Glen Road home to warm her 2011 Honda (New York license plate FHW-8948). She went back inside her home and when she returned to the car it was missing, police said.
A woman, 53, warmed her 2005 Mercedes-Benz (New York license plate DEJ-4122) in her garage on Woodfield Road at about 6:44 a.m. She left the garage door open, and when she returned to the car to leave for work it was gone, police said.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.