Kennewick Police Investigate a String of Car TheftPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police are investigating a string of car thefts. Thieves try to steal seven vehicles over the holiday weekend. Officers believe the same person or group is responsible for over half of the heists, and they want your help to find them.
Police said thieves are targeting late 1990's, and early 2000 Acura Integras or Honda Civics. Tack on custom rims, Nitrous Oxide, or a turbo charged engine, and you've got what these car thieves are after.
"(These) thieves are not just kids trying to figure this stuff out. They seem to be efficient at stealing a car and getting away quickly," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.
Friday, a thief tried to steal a 1997 Acura Integra from the JC Penney's parking lot at Columbia Center Mall, but the car owner scared him away.
Saturday, someone stole a 2001 Honda Civic parked at the Heatherstone Apartments. The car had chrome rims and Carbon fiber hood. Back at the mall, a car thief got away with a 1995 Acura Integra parked outside Firestone Tire.
And Sunday, three people tried to steal a 2000 Acura Integra parked at the Pub Tavern. But the group ran when the owner came outside.
Officers said thieves want the after market parts. Les Schwab workers said so do their customers, especially rims.
"Each year it goes to a bigger sized wheel from 14 (inch rims) to 15. Now it's up to 22's 24's," said Andy Walker, Les Schwab Tires.
Police said thieves know the parts are in high demand. Officers anticipate they'll try to sell them cheap for quick cash, but police warn buyers to stay away.
"The court's going to look at that as you should've known those were stolen parts when somebody sold them to you on the street for half on the amount of their value. You could get charged for possession of stolen property," said Sgt. Lattin.
Police found a fingerprint at the mall, but officers still need your help to find the burglars.
Here's who police are looking for a Hispanic male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Witnesses saw him escape in a white Honda Civic registered to a Pasco address.