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For Owners of Some Kias, Hyundais, an Unusual Worry

Certain models are pretty easy to steal, as a TikTok trend reveals

(Newser) - It's one TikTok trend that owners of certain models of Kia and Hyundai vehicles should probably know about. It turns out these models are pretty easy to steal, and videos of teens doing so and going for joyrides have exploded in popularity, reports the Wall Street Journal . Police also...

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Randy Cantwell arrested for impersonating federal marshal, trying to steal car in Tulsa, Okla.

(Newser) - A man in Oklahoma apparently had his heart set on an Audi, but his alleged scheme to acquire one didn't work out the way it was supposed to. KTUL reports that Randy Cantwell was arrested in Tulsa after police say he showed up at a car dealership in Tulsa,...

California Cops Chase Stolen Party Bus

40-foot bus was pursued from San Diego to northern Los Angeles County

(Newser) - The California Highway Patrol chased a stolen party bus across southern California Tuesday before it slammed into a sedan north of Los Angeles. Top Dog Limo Bus owner Susie Leitzke tells KTLA that the 40-foot vehicle was stolen in San Diego Tuesday morning when a person jumped in while the...

Video Shows Suspect Dive From 55-Foot Bridge

Florida man was picked up by police boat

(Newser) - Like the fugitive in The Fugitive, a Florida man fleeing law enforcement survived a jump into water from a great height—but unlike the character played by Harrison Ford in the 1993 movie, Bryan Gray was quickly captured. Police say the 34-year-old dived from the Fort Myers-area Edison Bridge into...

Guy Who Led Cops on Low-Speed Chase Tells a Familiar Tale

Man suspected of stealing tow truck said bomb would blow up if he stopped, a la 'Speed'

(Newser) - A man in a tow truck led police on an extremely slow chase through the streets of San Diego on Monday, never hitting speeds over 10mph. The pursuit began around 7:45pm as police went after an allegedly stolen tow truck. Over the course of an hour, officers followed the...

As Tom Cruise Filmed, His BMW Was Boosted

Along with thousands of dollars in luggage stowed inside the X7 in England's Birmingham

(Newser) - Tom Cruise is out a whole lot of luggage, as well as other belongings, after someone boosted the Beemer he was using while filming the next installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise in England, reports Page Six . Sources say Cruise was "hopping mad" after the BMW X7 was stolen...

Cops: Popular Car-Part Theft Proves Fatal

Police say man in Anaheim was crushed while trying to steal catalytic converter from Prius

(Newser) - In the early morning hours of St. Patrick's Day, police responded to a call from a worker at a local industrial building in Anaheim, Calif. The employee had made a distressing find upon arriving at the site: a man's unmoving legs sticking out from underneath one of the...

'Horror on Top of Heartbreak' After Funeral Vehicle Stolen

Woman's body was inside van taken from St. Louis convenience store

(Newser) - In this week's "you had one job" post, a Missouri funeral home driver may be in a bit of trouble after an incident in St. Louis. Per KSDK , which deems the case "horror on top of heartbreak," local police are on the hunt for a white...

Cops: Girl Was Dragged for Miles Behind Stolen SUV

Wichita suspect faces felony murder charge

(Newser) - Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsey says it's one of the saddest cases he's dealt with in his 28-year career. A 13-year-old girl died Saturday after being dragged for several miles by her family's stolen SUV, the Wichita Eagle reports. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says the girl was...

Thief Steals Van of Dogs, Portland Says Not So Fast

Helpers from around the Oregon city helped doggy day care owner get her pooches back

(Newser) - A woman who co-owns a doggy day care in Portland, Ore., had quite a scare Tuesday, but thanks to the efforts of locals, a thief who tried to steal her pooch-filled vehicle wasn't successful. Sunni Liston—whose company, Coopers Dogpatch, picks up dogs from their owners in the city...

Naked Florida Man Steals Police Car: Cops

Joshua Shenker faces numerous charges

(Newser) - Joshua Shenker—“a naked Florida man,” as the AP puts it—was arrested this week after he allegedly stole a marked police vehicle and crashed it into a wooded area in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of a naked man running along I-10 on...

Thief Finds Kid in Car, Lectures Mom

He returned the child and took off in the car

(Newser) - A car thief who found a toddler in the backseat of a stolen vehicle drove back and chastised the mother for leaving the child unattended before taking off again, police in Oregon said. The woman went into a grocery store about 15 feet from the car Saturday, the AP reports,...

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Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box

Thieves can bust into them, as California surfers have learned

(Newser) - California surfers say they're "under attack" by car thieves—and warn that anyone else using a lock box is vulnerable. Surfers often use lock boxes to hide their car keys while surfing at beaches in San Francisco. The problem, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, is that lock...

Thieves Swipe 75 Vehicles in Brazen Heist

Bay Area theft one of many well-coordinated ones capitalizing on chaos of Floyd protests

(Newser) - Police in a small San Francisco Bay Area community were about to help authorities in neighboring Oakland keep the peace during a protest when a more pressing crisis hit home: Groups of thieves had pillaged malls, set fire to a Walmart, and stormed a car dealership. By the time San...

Community Rallies After Fleet of Rental Cars Stolen

97 vehicles were stolen under cover of New Zealand lockdown

(Newser) - In New Zealand, extremely strict lockdown measures made it easy to steal cars—and easy to catch car thieves. Police say that over the Anzac Day long weekend late last month, thieves cut a hole in the fence of a rental company's storage yard near Auckland Airport and made...

Cops 'Know' Who Stole $1M in Cars. But Try Arresting Them

North Carolina authorities are eyeing a group of 19 juveniles in car thefts

(Newser) - North Carolina detectives say they know who's behind car thefts worth over $1 million—but arresting them is another thing, the Charlotte Observer reports. Police are eyeing 19 young people in the thefts of 46 cars from dealerships in and around Winston-Salem starting in March, but the kids, aged...

He Got Away From the Cops, But Not From the Guy in Sandals

Queensland police hoping to thank Good Samaritan who brought down alleged car thief

(Newser) - An Australian dog walker used his arm as a clothesline as he brought down an alleged car thief who'd smashed into two police vehicles, narrowly missing an officer, on Thursday. A chase began around 8:30am as officers tried to apprehend the driver of a stolen Toyota Hilux utility...

Cops: Man Crashes Stolen SUV With Baby Inside

'Twelve minutes of sheer terror, I'll say'

(Newser) - A man accused of stealing an SUV with a 13-month-old baby girl inside and leading police on a chase before crashing on an interstate has been arrested in Kentucky. The child was unharmed. "Twelve minutes of sheer terror, I'll say," Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin said of...

'Crazy' Car Owner Surprises Thief by Leaping Onto Hood

Boston man goes flying from swerving vehicle but survives

(Newser) - A Boston man's reaction when he saw a thief driving away in his car was to take a leap onto the hood and hold on for dear life. The thief kept driving, NBC reports, and swerving, finally sending the owner flying off the Volkswagen Passat. The thief then took...

Police Stop Kids Who Drove Stolen SUV 600 Miles

Aussie kids packed fishing rods, left a note

(Newser) - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note, then drove more than 600 miles down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer says. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton...

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