Car Theft Ring

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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Wichita police believe a car theft ring is responsible for at least a dozen car thefts, possibly more.

Thursday, five men were in jail, in connection with the crimes.

The thieves were targeting Honda Civics, Accords and Acura Integras. The parts on those cars are interchangeable, making them popular targets.

Since January of this year, 77 Hondas have been stolen or broken into. 30 of the thefts happened just last month.

Wichita police detective Chester Pinkson said, "They seem to be stripping a lot of cars."

Wichita police are trying to identify parts ranging from air bags to seats, tires, door panels, sunroofs, even a motor. All are from Honda Civics or Accords.

Police discovered the parts after someone called them about a car being stripped at an east Wichita storage unit. When they arrived, they found five men and the remains of what used to be someone's car.

Police believe some of the parts may be from Sherri Thrasher's husband's Honda Accord. It was stolen Sunday night.

Sherri said, "Our only car, so now we have to get rides from other people and it's ridiculous."

Police say many car thieves target Hondas because the parts are easy to sell. They are also interchangeable with Accura parts.

The thieves are going after Hondas later than 2000 models. The newer ones come with a microchip in the key, which make them impossible to drive without the key.

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