Subaru thefts on the rise in Spokane area

KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich reports on how thieves in Spokane have stolen roughly 100 subarus in the area over the past few months. (6-5-17)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police began an investigation Monday after hundreds of Subarus have been stolen in the past few months.

Police say older model Subarus are the number one target for vehicle thieves in Spokane right now. The Spokane Patrol Anti-Crime Team said they continue to respond to calls about stolen Subarus and find them abandoned all over Spokane.

Authorities also warned drivers with 1990s to early 2000s Subaru models to be hyper vigilant. Police said early models typically do not have alarms or chipped keys, making them easy targets for thieves.

In the past week, Spokane Police said they have arrested at least five people who admitted to a string of Subaru thefts.

One of those people, Gregorie McGill, appeared in court Monday and was charged with not one, but five Subaru thefts. According to court documents, McGill told police in the past six months he has stolen approximately 50 Subarus. In the past two weeks, McGill said he stole 8 or 9 cars.

As unbelievable as it may sound, police said they arrested a juvenile who admitted to stealing even more cars. That person said he stole approximately 100 Subarus in the past six months. In the past two weeks, he thought he had stolen about 15 cars.

Police recounted what the teenager told them: “He does this because he likes the adrenaline rush. He told me his adrenaline addiction is worse than his drug (methamphetamine) addiction. He told me he does not feel bad and has not remorse. He hold me when he gets out of jail, he will probably not stop stealing cars.”

That statement has already been proven true. Police said the teenager was only out of jail for about a week before getting arrested again.

“Between the time that he’s been released and now, he has accumulated a minimum six new counts of theft of a motor vehicle,” said Spokane Police Officer Josh Laiva.

The investigation is still ongoing, so it is possible the group is responsible for even more Subaru thefts in the area. 

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