NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) — Harold Harmon is facing the cold reality of an apparent crime of opportunity.

Harmon says he was warming up his car in North Highlands on a chilly Tuesday morning before leaving for work. In the time it took him to walk from the driveway to lock his front door, someone hopped in and swiped his car.

“Someone walking by probably seen the opportunity,” he said. “I shut my door to leave, turn around to leave, and a gentleman with a hoodie on had something in his hand, don’t know what it is, jumps in my car.”

Asked if he thought it was a gun, Harmon said, “I’m not taking any chances. I can replace my car. I can’t replace myself.”

It’s a tough lesson that many are learning this time of year. Authorities remind citizens not to leave their vehicles running unattended — even for a few moments.

It’s a mistake Harold says he doesn’t plan on repeating.

Comments (11)
  1. Shall issue quickly says:

    The hole valley needs instant CCW licenses for a minimal fee to upstanding citizens. Only then will we see this kind of crime decline.

    1. Linda says:

      Can’t shoot someone for driving away with your car.

  2. Shall issue quickly says:

    or the “Whole” valley. I guess I was thing of the “hole” that this has become.

  3. Shall issue quickly says:

    “Can’t shoot someone for driving away with your car.”

    But it’s a hell of a deterrent when they guy you’re going to carjack has a .40 on his hip, don’t you think?

  4. Shall issue quickly says:

    BTW, you can if he’s threatening your life.

  5. CCWforwhitepeople says:

    Yeah so before you shoot him jump in front of the car so your life will be danger….problem solved. Trust me bullet holes in windshield and jigaboo blood is easier to clean up then replacing the car. Whats a bullet cost….50 cents a dollar? HAHA

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