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Former car thief speaks on which cars and victims are targeted

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A former car thief told News 4 that a Chevy Impala and Dodge Stratus are the easiest cars to steal. Credit: KMOV A former car thief told News 4 that a Chevy Impala and Dodge Stratus are the easiest cars to steal. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

In the wake of several carjackings in the Metro East recently, News 4 sat down with a former car thief to get insights on what cars thieves target and how they pick their victims.

News 4 spoke with a 17-year old who said he stole so many cars that he lost count but has turned his life around and is working with Better Family Life to help other teens get off the streets and back in school. He asked News 4 to conceal his identity for his safety and that News 4 use his nickname, ''Blue'.'

'Blue' said there are a variety of reasons juvenile car thieves will take a car, "Pretty much like they want to drive, anxious to get a car to drive, for somebody to see them, like show off, or joyride."

He said the cars that thieves believe to be the easiest to steal are the Chevrolet Impala and a Dodge Stratus. He said thieves use a screwdriver to pop the lock and get into the steering column to start the car.

'Blue' said the hardest cars to steal are foreign cars and any car that his a theft device on the steering wheel known as "The Club." 

'"If they had a Club on the steering wheel you couldn't get it, you wouldn't bother, yeah we wouldn't bother," said 'Blue.'

On Wednesday, police tracked a car that had been stolen in a carjacking and eventually arrested two suspects in Granite City after a high-speed chase that topped 100 miles per hour. So News 4 asked if car thieves ever worry about hitting and killing someone when they're running from police.

'Blue' said, "It's pretty much everybody for themselves. I mean the police are on us so everybody got to do what they've got to do to get away."

'Blue' said when a car thief can't find an easy car to hot wire or wants a specific kind of car, they'll go looking for someone to carjack. And a carjacker looks for a specific type of victim.

"People that look weak, or people that I would think wouldn't have as much strength as me," said 'Blue.' 

He said if a carjacking victim cooperates they usually won't get hurt, but that most thieves are willing to shoot a victim who resists because they're willing to do whatever it takes to steal the car and get away.

'Blue' also said thieves from St. Louis will go to St. Louis County to find expensive cars to steal and then bring them back to the city to show off in front of their friends. And he said juvenile car thieves usually don't fear police officers because the thieves carry guns too. 

'Blue' told News 4 he was arrested and served time in juvenile custody multiple times but finally decided to stop committing crimes and take his life in a different direction.

"I changed because the things I was doing was hurting my mother. Like at the end of the day I was hurting my momma. Go to jail, get out and do the same thing but it was hurting my momma and my little brother was following in my footsteps. So I knew I had to change," said 'Blue.'

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