Fueled by ‘Kia Boys’ videos and social media, car thefts skyrocket in Delaware

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Courtney Warnett was just settling down to sleep at her boyfriend’s house in Wilmington one night in September when he got a text from a neighbor.

Someone had been seen trying to break into Warnett’s 2015 Hyundai Elantra. The cops were on the way.

Warnett hustled out of bed and rushed outside, only to find the front window shattered, and the steering column damaged. Thieves had tried to start the white Hyundai but hit a snag and took off.

“You just feel really vulnerable, like it’s not your space anymore,’’ recalled Warnett, a medical assistant for an orthopedic practice. “Especially because it’s someone you don’t know that was in your car.”

The would-be thieves pried open the steering column of Warnett’s car but fled before starting the vehicle. (Courtesy of Courtney Warnett)

  • October 25, 2023
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