New crime trend: thieves targeting Jeep Cherokees

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.- Jeep drivers might want to be on the lookout in Spokane. Police said at least five Jeep Cherokees were stolen on the South Hill in two days.

Department officials said the trend is way out of the norm. Late model Honda Accords and Civics are typically the stolen vehicles.

“Coming wintertime, I don't want anyone to bother this car! It's a car that can get around in any, any weather,” said Jeep owner Carl Speltz.

Speltz said he loves his Jeep Grand Cherokee and said there is nothing better for the cold and snow.

“They are very reliable in getting around the terrain. Come winter, I park the Buick and I take the Jeep,” said Speltz.

One of the targets of the Jeep theft lives just two houses down from Speltz.

Another Jeep owner works on another block that thieves hit.

“We lock the car, we don't leave valuables in it,” said Sami Sewall.

Speltz and Sewall said they are not going to drive themselves with worry even though it is discouraging to hear crooks are targeting drivers just like them.

Spokane police officers said the majority of the car thefts are happening in the early morning hours. They said thieves are smashing windows to get in.

Police are not sure how the thieves get the engines started but said they have devoted many resources to the odd new trend.

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