Thief takes off with Jeep warming up at East Towne Mall

Woman watched idling vehicle drive away

Published On: Jan 06 2014 10:47:33 AM CST

A Jeep warming up in a parking lot outside East Towne Mall was swiped by a thief Sunday night, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

Officers said a restaurant employee started up the vehicle to let it warm up and went back inside Red Lobster when someone got in and drove away. She told police she had been watching her Jeep when it suddenly started backing up.

Police said she had left the Jeep unlocked. It has not been recovered.