CPD warn thieves stealing Kias, Hyundais using method shown on social media

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
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Police say there is an alarming trend of stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles following social media posts showing how to start these cars without a key.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police have issued warnings about clusters of car thefts targeting Kias and Hyundais, and using a method demonstrated on social media.

Please note: The video above is from a previous, related report

The clusters were both on the South Side; a group of nine thefts in the area of 76th and Carpenter in Auburn Gresham, and another group of eight thefts just east of there.

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The first cluster targeted Kia vehicles. The thefts took place between October 18 and October 24 at:

  • 7915 S. May St.
  • 7638 S. Carpenter St.
  • 7900 S. Throop St.
  • 7646 S. Morgan St.
  • 7654 S. Carpenter St.
  • 7653 S. Bishop St.
  • 7746 S. Ada St.
  • 1212 W. 78th St.
  • 7643 S. Carpenter St.
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    The second cluster targeted Hyundai vehicles. They thefts took place between October 20 and October 24 at:

  • 8241 S. Langley Ave.
  • 8010 S. Vernon Ave.
  • 656 E. 81st St.
  • 8148 S. Ingleside Ave.
  • 8242 S. Ellis Ave.
  • 8110 S. Ellis Ave.
  • 8144 S. Drexel Ave.
  • 8201 S. Indiana Ave.
  • While police have not yet connected the two groups, they said all the cars were stolen using a method demonstrated and shared on social media in which offenders break a window, peel off the steering column and start the vehicle.

    If you have any information, contact Chicago police.