The spree of stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles continues locally as it does across the country, Madison police said Tuesday.
The vehicles primarily being targeted include Kia models that are newer than 2011 and Hyundai models newer than 2015, due to a manufacturing issue that makes them easy to steal. Both automakers said at the beginning of this year that changes were made to prevent this type of theft.
At about 7:20 a.m. on Monday, Madison police were sent to a hotel in the 400 block of Commerce Avenue on the Far West Side after a guest reported his rental car was stolen, police spokesperson Stephanie Fryer said in a statement.
Broken glass was found on the ground near where the vehicle had been parked, Fryer said.
The victim was from a different state and unaware of the spike in Kia and Hyundai vehicles being stolen, Fryer said.
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Police ask that anyone with information on the incident contact them at 608-255-2345. Tipsters may remain anonymous by contacting Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014 or P3Tips.com. Individuals contacting Crime Stoppers can receive a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to an arrest.
Courts reporter Ed Treleven's memorable stories from 2021
From the more than 240 stories I published in 2021, here are five that stand out in my mind for various reasons, because of their unusual subject matter, popularity among readers or the lasting impact the subjects of those stories will have. Most are different from the usual things I encounter in the courts every day.
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This was one of the more unusual cases I covered this year.
East High School business teacher David Kruchten, explained himself in a letter to U.S. District Judge James Peterson before his sentencing.
Amid days covering unspeakable tragedy, it was a wonderful diversion to meet Alan Crossley, a volunteer with Wheels for Winners.
A state Supreme Court decision put the drunken driving homicide case against Dawn Prado, pending since 2015, back on the Dane County docket.