CHICAGO (CBS) — Ms. Juanita Blalock’s automotive was stolen from in entrance of her home in West Englewood this previous Sunday after she returned from church.
We advised you her story on Thursday. She was certainly one of tons of of Kia and Hyundai drivers victimized by a spike in automotive thefts in Cook dinner County and past this summer season.
It so occurs that CBS 2’s Tara Molina bought a name from Illinois State Police after our Thursday story aired. It seems state police discovered the 2020 Kia Sportage early this week – however nobody referred to as Blalock till we bought concerned.
Molina was additionally the one who referred to as Blalock late Thursday to let her know her automotive had been discovered – since we at CBS 2 had been notified after her story aired.
“They cannot inform me about one little automotive?” Blalock mentioned.
On the time we talked to her on Friday, Blalock had not heard from Illinois State Police, nor from Chicago Police – who took her theft report.
“I’m so – I am disgusted,” Blalock mentioned. “I am getting all these cellphone calls. They are saying they bought my automotive – the state police. Then the state police simply referred to as and say they do not have it.”
The place did police take the automotive after they discovered it? Blalock does not know, and he or she mentioned she is exhausted.
Blalock has talked to us twice from the parkway in entrance of her home in West Englewood this week – as soon as about her automotive being stolen, and on Friday as a result of that automotive was discovered early this week – and nobody referred to as to inform her about it.
It is particularly irritating, since Blalock been going backwards and forwards together with her insurance coverage with and rental automotive firms – pondering her automotive was lacking when it has been in police custody.
We all know that on the subject of the theft, Blalock is not alone.
We discovered from July 1 till Aug. 10, 642 Kias and Hyundais had been stolen in Cook dinner County. Final yr, there have been simply 74.
This quantities to a 767 p.c improve.
The bar graph beneath exhibits the pattern this yr in contrast with final yr going again to January.
However on the subject of getting solutions – discovering Blalock’s automotive and discovering out what form it is in – Blalock says to this point, she has simply been getting the runaround.
“I am thanking you for coming again at this time. Possibly they will do one thing,” Blalock mentioned. “That is simply tough on me. I am unable to go on an excessive amount of. I am not sleeping. So why is it everyone knew in regards to the automotive, however I do not?”
We talked to each Illinois State Police – who Blalock was advised discovered her automotive and took it in – and Chicago Police – who, once more, took her theft report. We initially bought the identical runaround Blalock did.
Illinois State Police finally issued this assertion, which mentioned it was Chicago Police who ought to have advised Blalock her automotive was discovered, but in addition saying state police had finished so:
“The company the place the report originated is liable for notifying the person – so on this case it could have been Chicago PD. After being recovered early Wednesday morning, the automobile was towed to a tow yard. That data ought to have been handed to the sufferer by the originating company, however it seems the sufferer was merely advised ISP had the automobile. ISP has reached out to Ms. Blalock to let her find out about her automobile and the tow yard.
“The automobile was positioned, deserted close to sixteenth and Karlov within the Metropolis of Chicago. It’s unknown to us if the automobile was concerned in any crimes. The unique theft occurred within the Metropolis of Chicago, so the theft can be investigated by the Chicago Police Division.”
CBS 2’s Molina despatched the state police assertion to Chicago Police, who at that time bought concerned and referred to as Blalock. Chicago Police confirmed the automotive was at Hello-Tech Towing, at 1661 S. forty sixth Ct. in Cicero.
We discovered Friday afternoon that Blalock was additionally advised her automotive will not be drivable. Chopper 2 was in a position to find the automotive in that tow yard in Cicero, the place it has been held for days.
Whereas Blalock mentioned she is completely happy to have extra data, it stays the case that nobody is addressing what the automotive was concerned in – or the character of the investigations taking place now.
“The state police bought it, so clearly it was out on the expressway someplace,” Blalock mentioned.
Blalock mentioned she can be discouraged at how lengthy it took to get the details about the place her automotive was. Since she has discovered her automotive is not drivable, Blalock can be involved about the price of a substitute.
In the meantime, on the subject of the larger auto theft subject, the Cook dinner County Sheriff’s workplace suggested that house owners of Kia and Hyundai autos take steps such putting in aftermarket immobilization units – or kill switches – that render a automotive inoperable with no separate key. Automobile alarms with movement detection, steering wheel locking units, and automobile monitoring programs are additionally suggested.
The Sheriff’s workplace additionally requested that Kia and Hyundai house owners fill out a consent type on their web site that enables legislation enforcement businesses to acquire the cooperation of auto producers to trace stolen vehicles extra shortly. Automobile house owners who signal the consent type also can get a sticker to put on their vehicles warning would-be thieves that the automotive is being tracked by investigators.
The stickers are additionally obtainable in any respect Cook dinner County courthouses.
The Nationwide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau reported it has been conscious of a rise in thefts of Kias and Hyundais across the nation since 2019. The group famous that vehicular crimes, carjackings, and catalytic converter thefts are nearing all-time highs, and practically 1 million autos had been stolen final yr alone.
The bureau didn’t have any data particular to Illinois about Kia and Hyundai thefts, however they did have data on our northerly neighbors. In Wisconsin, the NICB’s 2021 Scorching Wheels report indicated that seven of the highest 10 most stolen autos had been Kias and Hyundais.