ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — Adam and Brittany Crouch not too long ago purchased a 2020 Kia Optima. It nonetheless had the non permanent tag on it when it was stolen Monday night time.
“It bought stolen proper in entrance of our home,” stated Brittany Crouch.
A neighbor’s surveillance digicam recorded the thieves driving away with the automotive at 10:44 p.m. Brittany talked concerning the theft in a publish on the GotStolen St. Louis Fb web page. Two days later somebody noticed her automotive the place the thieves deserted it and notified her.
When she bought to the automotive, she noticed harm to the entrance bumper and wires uncovered the place the steering column had been damaged open. The harm to the ignition system prevented her from utilizing her automotive key to start out the automotive and drive it house.
“Individuals had been suggesting to steal my very own automotive again,” stated Brittany Crouch.
Brittany posted an image on-line in hopes somebody might inform her tips on how to put the elements of the ignition system again collectively to start out the automotive. However some had been suggesting she watch a video on-line that exhibits how the thieves use a USB cable to hotwire Hyundais and Kias and to hotwire her personal automotive.
“Even when I wished to attempt to steal it I couldn’t, it had no energy. They left the ignition on,” she stated.
She stated the battery was lifeless so she referred to as a tow truck to take her automotive to an auto restore store. Brittany stated it’ll take a month for her automotive to be repaired, however within the meantime, her mother-in-law helps with transportation and her insurance coverage firm might be offering a rental automotive.
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