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Video: 2 Teens Arrested In Connection To Kia Theft Trend

Date Added: December 30, 2023 8:59 am

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


Following several reports of thefts and attempted thefts of Kia vehicles in Deltona, part of a nationwide TikTok trend, 2 juvenile suspects have been identified and charged.

The suspects (a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old) have been arrested on charges including multiple counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, and violation of probation.

On Dec. 19, deputies spotted a stolen Kia Soul minutes after it was reported. The driver fled, and the car was later found crashed and abandoned. Two juveniles were tracked down in the area and confirmed to be the occupants. Detectives were able to connect them to several other cases as well.

A Deltona resident aware of the TikTok trend also assisted that day by reporting two Kia Souls that sped past his house. Air One was able to spot the second Kia, also abandoned in the area, and led deputies to it.

The female passenger seen in this video was not charged, but a second male suspect involved in the trend was identified and arrested this week.

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