San Jose neighborhood residents concerned about auto theft – NBC Bay Area
Car thieves are targeting several San Jose neighborhoods near downtown, having stolen more than three dozen cars in the past few weeks.
Numerous vehicles have been stolen in the Roosevelt Park area, with the most recent theft occurring Sunday night when thieves drove off from an SUV parked on East San Fernando Street.
“I woke up the next morning to go to school and the car wasn’t there,” Wendy Hernandez said. “I was just freaking out.”
A map from crimemapping.com, which San Jose police are linked to, shows 37 cars have been stolen from Roosevelt Park and surrounding neighborhoods in the past few weeks.
NBC Bay Area contacted police to see if they were seeing an increase in auto thefts, but said they could not provide that answer. Police said they respond to around 10,000 reports of stolen vehicles a year, an average of 28 a day.
“The number of car thefts is just alarming,” said Jeff Levine, vice president of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association.
Levine fears the robberies may be part of an organized ring, as surveillance video shows people on bikes or in cars apparently hiding vehicles.
“It’s my concern that one crime leads to another and accumulates,” Levine said.
Hernandez said she reported the crime to the police and hoped to get her family’s SUV back as soon as possible because they were struggling with no transportation.
“I couldn’t go to school yesterday or today because of what happened,” she said.