Hyundai and Kia Thefts Turn Violent Following Shooting of Cleveland Police Officer
The theft of Hyundai and Kia vehicles has become a growing problem across the country, with Cleveland being no exception.
On Tuesday evening, a Cleveland police detective was shot in the arm and leg on the city’s east side.
While the officer is expected to recover, the violent nature of these crimes is cause for concern.
According to the Cleveland Police Department, over 1300 cases of grand theft of a motor vehicle have been reported in the city this year alone, with just nine arrests made so far.
This represents a 98% increase from this time last year.
In the Third District, which covers downtown, there has been a 174% increase in this type of crime since last year, with only two arrests made.
The rise in thefts has been noticed across the country and even globally.
In just one week from March 5th to March 11th, there were over 100 cases of grand theft of a motor vehicle in Cleveland alone.
The situation is particularly concerning as these crimes have become increasingly violent.
As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting of the Cleveland police detective.
The need for greater efforts to combat these crimes is clear.