by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
According to Lt. Niel Lawrence of the Billings Police Department, since April 4th, 2017 through May 28th, 2017 there have been 26 Honda vehicles stolen in the City of Billings (many being Accord & Civic models).
Over the past 72 hours’ officers and detectives from the Billings Police Department have been working leads and conducting interviews.
On May 31st, 2017 @ approx. 8:10 AM an officer attempted to stop a vehicle, later found to be a stolen Honda Accord, in the downtown area. The vehicle fled from the officer but was later located. Later, on the same date another officer located another stolen Honda Accord.
Two suspects were ultimately arrested. These incidents and the additional investigative work has led to the recovery of 7 stolen Honda vehicles, the arrests of the 2 suspects, and the identification of other suspects.
The arrested suspects were incarcerated into YCDF for Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, & Tampering with Evidence (all felony charges). The Billings Police Department is still continuing with the investigation.
Most of the vehicles were being stolen by using what a suspect referred to as a "bump key"-where the key is shaved down to fit the Honda vehicles
Many of the vehicles were spray painted to conceal the identity of the vehicle so that the vehicles could be driven undetected by either the car owners or the police.
The vehicles that were taken were stolen from many different areas of Billings. Every one who had a Honda Accord or Civic model was a prime victim for the car thief's.
Some of the vehicles were then sold on the street to people for $200.00 to $500.00 .