San Antonio

Mother’s car stolen just three days after moving to new city

Police say car theft studies are up 26% in 2022, in contrast to final year.

SAN ANTONIO — On Monday morning, Michelle Salinas ran exterior her house along with her two boys. It was their first day of faculty in San Antonio, after the household returned to a city Salinas beforehand known as house.

“We had some tacos in the morning,” she stated, “and I am like, ‘OK, let’s go. Go time.”

The pleasure shortly wore off. When they went exterior, they discovered her car had been stolen from the car parking zone of their northeast-side house complicated. 

Now Salinas is with out a set of wheels and on a mission to assist police observe her car down.

“They are asking, ‘Mom, where is our car?” she stated of her sons’ response. “I am, like, beeping (and) it’s not there. I thought, ‘No way.'”

Salinas thought her car might need been towed. That wasn’t the case. 

San Antonio Police Department officers stated her white 2018 Kia Soul was stolen from the complicated off Perrin Beitel. 

“It is sad and unfortunate, leaving me in a big bind as a small business owner with my two boys,” she stated

Salinas is not alone. KENS 5 used SAPD’s crime tracker map to take a look at the variety of car thefts close to the household’s house. According to that database, one month noticed 139 car theft studies made to SAPD. 

Police had beforehand advised KENS 5 that car thefts are up 26% over final year.

“I would love that somebody would just park it and SAPD could find it,” she stated. “I can get it back. And I won’t have to go through the hassle of another car and that expense right before the holidays.”

As for figuring out options on the mom’s car, she stated the again has a dent close to the hatch. The license plate quantity: KSM 5478.

Salinas police noticed her car on the south aspect earlier than they ultimately lost sight of it. 

Thieves go after vans greater than some other car within the city. In reality, in accordance to SAPD, the three most-targeted autos within the Alamo City are vans—the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram car.

SAPD supplied the next reminders to preserve your automobiles protected:

  • Always lock your car.
  • Never depart your property in plain view.
  • Do not depart your key fob inside your car.
  • Never depart your firearm inside your car.
  • Always report suspicious exercise.


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