SPRINGFIELD: An Ohio man says a thief jumped into his idling car on Christmas and fled with his familyís holiday gifts.

WHIO-TV reports Michael Chandler was warming up the Dodge Neon for his wife and 6-year-old son Tuesday night after a visit to his in-laws in Springfield.

When he went back outside to get in the car, it was gone. So was his sonís scooter, and other Christmas gifts that were in the car.

Chandler said he didnít think about the possibility that someone would steal his idling car on Christmas. Springfield police have put out an alert for the 2000 dark purple four-door Neon.

Police say itís illegal to leave an idling car unattended, but Chandler wonít be ticketed. They figure heís suffered enough.