Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Rochester Police Department is using a recent stolen vehicle case to remind residents to take precautions with their vehicles during the cold weather months. 

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Police Captain Casey Moilanen said officers responded to the report of a stolen vehicle at a residence in the 600 block of Branch Ave. Northwest late Monday morning. The vehicle owner told police she had left her unlocked vehicle running inside of an open garage when someone entered the garage and stole it sometime between 10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. 

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Moilanen said officers found the vehicle unoccupied in the Walmart north parking lot around 1:30 p.m. So far no arrests have been made. 

Moilanen says potential thieves often patrol neighborhoods on foot looking for unlocked vehicles and bikes. He's asking residents to keep their vehicles locked and garage doors closed. 

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