PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — At least 4 cars were carjacked in Portland this week by deceptive teens who trick drivers into getting out of their vehicles, police said Saturday.
The ruse works this way: Between 2 and 4 teens run up to a car yelling or banging that something is wrong with the vehicle.
“What they are doing is coming up yelling, kind of banging on the car and saying there is something wrong with your car or something hanging out of the back of your car,” PPB Sgt. Kevin Allen said. “When the driver gets out to see what’s wrong with the car, the teenagers will hop in the car and drive off.”
Allen said there is a commonality in who gets carjacked.
“All the victims have been female drivers driving by themselves,” he said. “The victims range in age from mid-20s to mid-70s but they are always driving alone.”
Two of the carjackings happened Tuesday and the others on Thursday. Each happened in a relatively short time span: Tuesday at 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., then Thursday at 4:32 p.m. and 4:52 p.m.
“They’ve all been sort of in this Southeast Portland neighborhood,” Allen said.
The cars taken were a Ford Fusion, a Kia Sorento and 2 Subaru Outbacks. Two cars were recovered. No one was hurt or threatened, police said.
Investigators are looking to see if other carjackings fit this pattern.
“If it’s possible to drive away from the scene and call police from another location, that’s what we recommend people do,” Allen said.