CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - CMPD statistics show car thefts and burglaries have been plaguing the NoDa area for weeks, and for one woman whose car was stolen and later found totaled, the stats are all too real.
"So our car was broken in to three times. Twice for one vehicle and once for the other one," says Mandy Couch.
On Aug. 19 she stepped outside of her home on Spencer St. to find her SUV vanished. The car was found six days later, totaled.
The suspect or suspects evidently took the SUV for a joyride around town before smashing it into a pole on N. Tryon St. on Aug. 25.
"It was stolen and it was wrecked it and is completely unsalvageable. That just adds another layer of emotion to the whole event," Couch said.
Couch and her neighbors reported car break-ins over the past year but to this day, are puzzled how they happened.
"Well maybe that was a bad day and I forgot to lock my car, but certainly after the first time you don't forget and so we don't know how they are getting into our cars."
“Even with your best efforts there are times where things happen and I guess in our case things happened."
Couch and her neighbors are hopeful the city of Charlotte will install street lights along their road. No suspects have been charged for stealing and crashing that SUV.