Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:47

Ohio Has Multi-Million-Dollar Car Theft Problem

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious
Ohio Has Multi-Million-Dollar Car Theft Problem 19 News Cleveland


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A recent investigative report conducted by 19 News out of Cleveland uncovered a shocking fact: over the past five years, cars stolen and recovered in Ohio have totaled $72.6 million in costs.

That’s an average of more than $14 million per year. Just as revealing is the fact the average cost per stolen vehicle which is recovered is $10,000 in Ohio.


Keep in mind those figures don’t take into account all the cars which are stolen and never recovered. Thanks to the work of law enforcement, recovered vehicles over the last five years have totaled 7,169 in the state.


More concerning in the report is something Sgt. Ray Santiago of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said: while some of the stolen cars are the work of criminals just seeing an opportunity, some are stolen by “a bigger criminal enterprise.”


We’ve noticed in covering stolen vehicles all over the nation many of the car thieves seem to be unusually organized and trained. Recently, we highlighted a surveillance video out of Chicago where a whole crew in three different vehicles showed up to steal a Dodge Hellcat. Many times, these thieves are reprogramming the ignition to accept a new key they’re carrying, so these aren’t smash-and-grab operations.


Unfortunately, the investigative reporter didn’t dig further into this aspect of the stolen car crime wave sweeping not only Ohio, but pretty much everywhere. Just who is behind this? What are they using the money generated by selling or parting out stolen cars to do? Why hasn’t federal law enforcement...

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