Man caught stealing car in South Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A South Philadelphia woman is hoping police catch the suspect seen on surveillance video stealing her car over the weekend, a crime on the rise in the city.

Alyson McCulley said her husband started his car on Saturday morning and quickly returned to the house. When she looked outside, the car was gone.

Surveillance video shows a man circling the dark blue Honda Accord, opening the door and driving away.

“I parked right in front of where I’m standing right now,” McCulley said, standing on the 200 block of Morris Street.

Police say the theft happened just before 8 a.m. Detectives have surveillance video and are investigating the crime.

“As I reported to an officer that my car was stolen, my neighbor noticed his car had been ransacked,” McCulley said.

This neighbor is Matheos Tsounis, who found a bunch of car keys in his truck. Tsounis says someone broke into his vehicle, broke the ignition and likely dropped the bunch of keys while digging into his truck.

“It’s like someone is invading your privacy. It’s terrible,” he said.

This block is not the only one in Philadelphia dealing with crimes involving vehicles. According to the Action News Data Journalism team, more than 7,600 motor vehicle thefts have been reported in the city so far in 2022, a 600% increase from 2019.

“It felt like a very serious violation,” McCulley said. “We live in a close-knit community. I grew up here, lived in the same neighborhood all my life, and to have something like this so close to home was really shocking.”

McCulley says she posted her stolen car on Facebook and other victims contacted her. She says some of them found their cars abandoned in other parts of South Philadelphia.

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