That left the Garden City man, his wife and his five children without one of their vehicles, but the community is pitching in to help.
"(I) went back out to the vehicle to head off to work and it was gone," said Tommy Wroblewski.
Wroblewski and his wife, Melissa work hard, juggling opposite schedules to make sure they're always around for their five young children.
Children who were pretty confused when they found out someone stole their car Friday night.
"They just couldn't understand," Melissa said. "'Somebody came and just took it, how did they take it. Why did they take it, do they not have a car?'"
Not only did they take it as you can see on this surveillance video - but they got in a police chase and crashed it. One suspect was arrested.
It wasn't the only car targeted that night, stealing other items out of cars like jeans and a GPS - items found in Wroblewski's car.
"It's totaled - the damage is worth more than the car is," Wroblewski said.
So that has left this family of seven a bit stranded. They have one car, but a second is badly needed to get them to work and the children to all the places they need to be.
Which is why their loved ones surprised them with a GoFundMe page to raise $3,000 for another car - and they're already almost halfway there.
"We definitely couldn't just go out and buy a car today," Melissa said. "It just wouldn't happen, so we've been a bit emotional over the weekend - it's just been a wonderful show of love to us."
"It's just amazing."
The Wroblewskis consider themselves incredibly blessed - and never imagined so many people would want to help them.
As for the totaled car, Wroblewski admits he's taken some ribbing at work. After all, he had been warming up the car before going to work and during the few minutes he went back inside, it was stolen.
It's a lesson learned - and one for all of us who leave our cars warming up in our driveways on these cold winter days.
If you would like to show support, click THIS LINK for the GoFundMe page.