Police in Belfast have arrested three people in connection with the theft of five cars in the city, reports bbc.co.uk.
All thefts were all executed in the space of 90 minutes, between 07:30 GMT and 09:00 GMT, while the vehicles were turned on and defrosting. On Thursday night (January 10) police moved to arrest three men, two aged 24 and one aged 28, in the Dunmurry area on suspicion of stolen goods.
The fleet were taken in various spots across the city, including Antrim Road, Lisburn Road, Orangefield, Ravenhill Road and Rosetta Road. Thieves pounced when their owners were inside filling kettles or leaving the car to heat up.
Despite the arrests just one vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf, has been recovered so far. Police are still on the lookout for a black Renault Scenic, a black Volkswagen Polo, a white Ford Kuga and another black Volkswagen Golf, all of which could have benefited from car tracking to aid the search.
Police in Belfast described leaving a car unattended as a "gift" to thieves, with constabularies in other parts of Britain also issuing warnings regarding frosty thefts.
Mike Stephenson of the West Mercia police claimed that every winter his own force receives calls from drivers who have seen their cars stolen after leaving them to warm up.
Cited by worcesternews.co.uk, he warned motorists that it only takes a few minutes for a thief to take advantage of such a situation.
"We haven't had too many frosty mornings so far this autumn and winter, but now the cold weather is catching up with us, I would urge drivers to heed this advice."