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Kia owner stole vehicle twice, uses tracker to find it himself

Kia owner stole vehicle twice, uses tracker to find it himself

Since Kia and Hyundai are now at the top of the list of stolen vehicles in Colorado, some owners are victimized more than once.

Kristie Houchen says it happened to her.

“Lightning doesn’t strike twice, but it did,” she said.

Houchen first spoke to CBS News Colorado about her stolen Kia Sportage in Julyraising concerns about an online trend showing how easily the cars could be started without a key.

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Kristie Houchen


He was found in late August and stolen again last week.

“Not even two months later,” she said.

“I left work earlier, I would pay my car payment at the bank, and I walked out and, just like last time, I push the button and I don’t hear it,” she says.

But this time Houchen had put an Apple Air Tag in it just in case.

After her first call to 911 to report the stolen vehicle, she begins to track her family’s car and finds it about a mile away.

She calls 911 again to give the address and is told not to intervene.

“They took all my information again, sat there for about an hour, nobody showed up, called again, same; informative. They said they would send a police car. They sat there for another hour, called again, this happened three different times, ” she said.

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After three hours, she went home and woke up the next morning to a voicemail.

“If you still want to report the motorcycle theft, call us back,” says the caller.

“I assumed that when I called and said, ‘Hey, my car was stolen,’ it was who reported it,” she said.

Houchen then made an official report and continued to track her vehicle, reporting its location to police.

“I was frustrated because of course I want to follow the police order and not get hurt, but at the same time my car is there and I can’t even do anything,” I felt like no one was listening. me,” she said.

“What could have happened there is the reporting, right? This person may have assumed that because she called 911 that the dispatcher entered it as stolen, it should be entered by a law enforcement officer,” said Aurora Police spokesman Matthew longshore.

He says a delay in response often comes down to call load.

“We need to prioritize our calls when they come in when we have an active call, such as domestic violence, or fight those calls that take precedence over calls of the property type – theft and stolen vehicle recovery,” he said.

However, Longshore says they’ve seen more trackers and agrees they could be useful.

“It can help with the recovery, depending on how quickly someone can get out, we might be able to catch those responsible,” he said.

Houchen understands that her call was low on the list, and while she feels like an opportunity has been missed to catch a criminal, she’s more concerned about it happening again.

“I think it could create a serious problem that could turn into a violent crime,” she said.

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Kristie Houchen used a tracking app to locate her stolen Kia Sportage.

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The day the police report was made, and after Houchen called to report the new location of her vehicle, officers recovered her car. But she says she only knows it’s in the repossession now because of the tracker.

A week since that report was made and she hasn’t spoken to an officer yet.

It remains in a confiscated lot while she waits for her insurance adjuster, which she says will be another expense for her and her family.