Bainbridge Island Police issue car theft warning


by Heather Graf / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 6:35 AM

It's something you don't hear about very often: a crime warning from Bainbridge Island Police.  The quaint little town is seeing a spike in stolen cars.

Detectives have been tracking the thefts over the last six to eight months.

Here's what they know:

At least five cars have been stolen from the island.  They've also recovered three stolen cars on the island.

In most cases, the stolen cars are Subaru's or Honda Civics or Accords made between 1995 and 2005.

One of the theories being investigated is that the thieves are driving the stolen cars in from other parts of Kitsap County, ditching them in parking lots near the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, and then walking onto the ferry, headed towards Seattle.

Police aren't sure what the thieves are doing in Seattle or how long they are there.  However, it's believed they're returning to Bainbridge, and oftentimes will steal a second car from the parking lots near the ferry terminal, so they have a way to leave.

Investigators say the cars are likely not connected to a chop shop.  Instead, they're being stolen simply for transportation.

Bainbridge Island Police urge drivers to take extra steps to protect their vehicles, especially if you own an older model Subaru or Honda Accord or Civic.

It's believed the thieves may be using a shaved key method to steal those cars.

If you see any suspicious activity, call Bainbridge Island Police.