BUFFALO, N.Y. — "Wednesday morning, I woke up, I was going for a walk with my baby, and my car was sitting on the ground, and all four wheels were gone."
Scott Schild woke up last Wednesday to find his car on the ground. His Honda Fit that had been parked just outside his house on Porter Avenue had the wheels stolen overnight.
It turns out thieves in the area are actually targeting Honda Fits. Schild's car is just one of many that's been left in this state recently.
"The tow truck driver came by, and said he travels with Honda wheels, because he sees this all the time," said Schild.
"I've come across 10 to 11 Honda Fits that the rims have already been taken. And tires. Cars left there on bricks, jacks, they steal the jacks out of another car - it's mainly on the West Side I've come across it," said tow truck driver Chris Giardina.
It's a problem that's been seen across the country, in published reports in Boston, Chicago and now, here in Buffalo.
Experts say the thieves want the tires, and the rims. They can sell them, or put them on racing cars, like Honda Civics, and it doesn't take long for them to get what they want.
"They could probably take the rims and tires off in a matter of less than five minutes. All four gone," said Giardina.
The trend is continuing. Tuesday morning, another Honda Fit had its wheels stolen on Albany Street, just off Niagara Street. Tow truck drivers tell us that brings the number of of targeted cars in the area to the double digits.
"The main car is the Honda Fit. That's all it comes down to. If it's a Honda Fit, you just gotta be careful. Keep your eyes open on your car, park in the driveway," said Giardina.
Something Schild says, he's now planning to do, and he hopes others do as well.
"Buying the baseline Honda, people that are buying the cheapest Honda don't really think they need to protect themselves, because recently I would say Honda Fit to most people, and they would say what's that, so the fact that just the stock rims are in that demand is kind of crazy," he said.
Wednesday on YNN, we'll tell you what can Honda Fit owners do to protect their cars from being targeted. In the second part of this report, we'll tell you what experts say will make thieves drive by, and not try to rip off your car - and they're locally produced.