Manchester United star Paul Scholes had his car stolen after being the victim of a 'frostjacking' at his home in Oldham.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the veteran midfielder left his Chevrolet Captiva LTZ estate on his driveway with the engine running so it would defrost his windscreen.
Scholes popped back inside to the warmth of his house for 15 minutes but when he went back outside - his car was gone.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating after a car was stolen while the owner was defrosting the vehicle. The grey Chevrolet estate was stolen from the drive of a house in the Greenfield area of Oldham between 7.45am and 8am on Monday. Inquiries to locate the car are ongoing."
Scholes received the £30,000 vehicle as part of the club's sponsorship deal with General Motors.
The American company allowed each player to pick one car out of its range, although manager Sir Alex Ferguson forbade his younger players from going for the company's top-of-the-range Corvette sports car, which has a top speed of 196mph.
Scholes would have been eligible for the Corvette, however, so you have to wonder why he wouldn't take the £70,000 supercar and use a second-hand Volvo for school run duties.
The police warned fellow drivers of the risks of leaving your car engine running.
"Motorists may be tempted to leave their vehicle with the engine running while they go inside to stay in the warm – however, it only takes a few seconds to steal a car when keys have been left in the ignition," the police spokesman said.
And don't be fooled into thinking that thieves wouldn't bother stealing a Chevrolet, the spokesman did not add.
- Paul Scholes