On Saturday, August 6, 2022, a traffic camera on a Minnesota freeway caught a group of teenagers running away after crashing a stolen Kia. The accident occurred on northbound Interstate 35E.
The car was stolen and video shows the driver attempting to avoid a police spiked strip by pulling into a median. Then four teenagers got out of the smoking car and ran across the busy road to the other side, where they were arrested by state police officers.
A 14-year-old boy and three girls, aged 15 to 17, were all taken into custody.
Authorities said two of the girls suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
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Video shows a group of teenagers crashing into a stolen Kia and then running off a Minnesota highway. A 14-year-old boy and three 15- to 17-year-old girls were all caught.
A police spokesman said the incident began at 5:30 p.m. when a rental car company called St. Paul Police and said they had a GPS tracker on a 2021 Kia Forte that had been stolen in Minneapolis and was en route to St .Paul was .
St. Paul Police Department public information also said that when the car stopped in St. Paul, the GPS coordinates helped a State Patrol helicopter locate it.
As the police cars drew closer, the teenagers got back into the car. Officers in the cars stayed behind while the helicopter followed the car through a neighborhood and onto a freeway.
Local law enforcement are concerned about the TikTok trend of car theft, which started this summer after a group of young teenagers called the “Kia Boys” demonstrated how thieves can use a USB cable to steal cars.
The challenge shows people online how easy it is to steal certain Kia and Hyundai cars simply by removing the plastic cover under the steering column and using a USB cable. The problem is particularly bad in Milwaukee, where a group known as the “Kia Boys” is known for stealing cars and taking dangerous jaunts.
But in more places than just Milwaukee, more cars are being stolen. Police in St. Petersburg, Fla., said 23 of the 56 cars stolen from local roads since July 11 were of these two brands.
Police say Hyundai cars made between 2015 and 2021 and Kia cars made between 2011 and 2012 have a bug that makes it easy to turn off the ignition. Most of the people who steal these particular brands of cars are between 14 and 17 years old.
Sergeant Cody Lance of the St. Petersburg police says most stolen cars are unlocked. He advises car owners to always lock their cars. He also suggested locking the steering wheel.
In a Twitter post, authorities urged people who own cars of these two brands to be careful, saying:
The car companies are also aware of the recent thefts and have informed the media in official statements:
“Kia America recognizes that some trim levels are more likely to be stolen. All 2022 models and equipment get an immobilizer either at the beginning of the year or as an ongoing change. All cars and trucks that can be purchased in the United States meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.”
According to past reports, the number of stolen Kia cars in Minnesota has increased by more than 1,300% since last year. Meanwhile, the number of stolen Hyundai cars has increased by 854%.
In June, about 45 percent of the cars stolen in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were from these two brands. Theft rates have increased in St. Louis, Memphis, Cincinnati and Columbus.