Toppenish police

The Toppenish Police Department. (File/Yakima Herald-Republic)

TOPPENISH, Wash. — A warm car on a cold winter morning is not worth the risk of car theft, Toppenish police warn.

Three cars that were left idling Friday morning in the Lower Valley city were stolen Friday morning, police Capt. Dave Johnson said. Two of the cars were parked on Washington Avenue, while the third was on South Division Street, Johnson said.

Police around the Valley have called on people to not leave cars idling unattended in the past, as they are a tempting target for car thieves.

Aside from contributing to car theft, idling a motor vehicle leads to air pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Modern cars do not need to warm up before being driven, according to the EPA.

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