ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg Police have a information for motorists: lock your car doorways. It comes as law enforcement across the country see a troubling development of car thefts concentrating on specific models.
Considering the fact that July 11, St. Pete Law enforcement say they’ve experienced 56 cars stolen and 23 of them have been Kia and Hyundai designs, noting that is about 41 p.c.
“What the thieves are performing is they are defeating the steering column, and they’re in a position to override the ignition mechanism, allowing them to steal the car considerably a lot more simply and with no a crucial or a important fob,” explained Juan Cortes, a House Crimes Detective with St. Pete Law enforcement.
It is not just a concept observed in St. Pete. Det. Cortes discussed it may possibly be connected to a social media trend happening throughout the region.