PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Detectives in Portsmouth are investigating a string of vehicle thefts that are similar to others that have been popping up around the region.
According to Portsmouth Police, they have seen six vehicle thefts within seven days at various locations and times around the city. Suspects are targeting various makes and models of Kia and Hyundai vehicles, police say.
Police are urging citizens to lock their doors and to purchase a steering wheel lock to help deter criminals from breaking into cars.
Kias and Hyundais have been particularly targeted for thefts nationwide due to defect that makes them easier to steal. Thieves just need a screwdriver and a USB charging cable.
Those committing these vehicle thefts could be charged with grand larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle, which could result in up to five years in prison and a possible $2,500 fine.
If you have any information about this case, you can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.