Anybody who’s lived in California will advise you to by no means go away something of worth out and visual inside a parked automobile. That’s simply an open invitation for a automobile thief to interrupt in. However now it appears thieves are going past ransacking a automobile’s inside: A San Francisco girl returned to her Toyota Prius solely to seek out the automobile disassembled and its major battery pack stolen.
Multiple reports say that Marjory Kaplan parked her 2017 Prius simply down the block from her condo in Pacific Heights. Upon returning to her car, she discovered that somebody had stolen the Prius’ mid-mounted central battery pack, the one which provides energy to the hybrid-electric system, and never the auxiliary features beneath the hood.
“, you go searching for your automobile and you understand what you automobile seems to be like. It did not seem like my automobile. It regarded like a jalopy automobile. It regarded completely different. It regarded raveled,” Kaplan defined to ABC7 Information. “They took the seat out, reduce all of the wires and eliminated the battery, which I perceive weighs 180 kilos.”
Hello from Pacific Heights the place a girl got here out to seek out her PRIUS had been disassembled and automobile BATTERY stolen. (As a fellow Prius proprietor I didn’t even know this might occur!) @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/l6DBO1gKcF
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) August 25, 2019
Battery pack thefts have been on the rise since ABC7 News first reported on the increase back in 2015. The packs are resold on the black market, which harks again to the times when intelligent thieves stole catalytic converters off new vehicles to extract the costly valuable metals discovered inside.
However what’s completely different about this theft is that no home windows or doorways had been forcefully broken in the course of the break-in. Fairly, a small rear window was tactfully eliminated to realize entry. It is a clear indication that the battery thieves are skilled and know what they’re doing.
“It’s very organized, yeah, it’s very organized,” Jeff Garcia, a Toyota mechanic, informed KRON4. Garcia stated his store is in the course of repairing 4 different Prius vehicles whose batteries had been stolen in an analogous method. “It’s not simply the battery they’re stealing, they’re damaging all of the harnesses and every little thing else round there. Seatbelts are being reduce.”
“Had I been fortunate sufficient simply to have the window damaged and the change taken,” Kaplan continued. “I’d have been very joyful.”
Because of the battery theft, she’s reportedly dealing with a $5,000 to $10,000 restore invoice.
A street-view safety digital camera was close by, however sadly it was pointed the unsuitable approach, so Kaplan does not anticipate a lot to occur. She additionally plans to promote her automobile after the restore and to rely extra on public transportation.