Ohio Mom Pleads for Police to Lock Up Her Teen for Repeated Car Thefts
Thieves targeting older Hyundai and Kia models have gotten so brazen that some insurers have stopped issuing policies for the cars. Despite efforts to retrofit a solution for the cars’ missing immobilizer systems, the cars are still being stolen in crazy numbers. One mother in Columbus, Ohio, is fed up with her son’s thieving ways, begging police to lock him up for his crimes.
Tiffany Hammons’ teen son has been on a tear, stealing several cars over the last month. He was caught in the act and cited for driving without a license. When police picked him up, they brought him home instead of holding him, which Hammons believes is an incentive for him to continue his thieving ways.
As News 10 WBNS reported, 7,330 cars have been stolen in Columbus this year, and more than half have been Hyundais and Kias. Though it’s unclear if Hammons’ son was involved, a recent theft ended with a police car being rammed. One stolen car was set on fire, while another ended up in a pond.
Despite these thefts, the Dodge Challenger remains the most stolen car in America. It recently topped the list of vehicles stolen in 2022, and the high-powered SRT models are thieves’ most desired models.
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