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Thieves on golf cart target cars in San Carlos

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 21:32:33-04

SAN DIEGO - A San Carlos car owner said she's creeped out after thieves riding a golf cart targeted her Jeep.

Just back from a trip to Germany, Jennifer was writing emails at 4 a.m. Tuesday when she heard something outside.

"I heard a noise and my car door opening," said Jennifer.

Jennifer found her Jeep Cherokee, which was parked on Bonnie View Drive, ransacked. She said she heard people speaking in a Middle Eastern language.

"It was a different language, but I would interpret it as 'go, go, go.' I heard what sounded like an electric vehicle leave,'" said Jennifer.

On the phone with 911, she walked outside, and minutes later, she heard the sound again.

"I watched a vehicle without its headlights on drive up the street, and I went into my house and I saw the golf cart drive in front of the house," said Jennifer.

A few minutes later, Jennifer -- back outside -- heard several voices approach her, three males between 17 and 20 years of age.

"They told me someone had tried to steal their Vespa … That person had a gun and [they] were held up," said Jennifer.

Jennifer said they were all wearing hoodies, dressed head to toe in black. She said when the 911 dispatcher asked to talk to the boys, they became nervous and took off.

When the neighbors came out to see what's going on, one said a family member just saw two guys dumping a golf cart about a block away.

Jennifer said next to the golf cart, which police say was stolen, were items taken from her car, including makeup, four bottled waters and a casino rewards card.

She said another neighbor told her someone tried to break into their car the night before. Jennifer believes the crimes are connected.

"They were brazen enough to break into my car, drive back on the golf cart, then drive back to the street and pretend to be victimized themselves," said Jennifer.

Police did detain one of the males, but have yet to make an arrest.

Police said there weren't any reports of other break-ins overnight in the neighborhood.

Jennifer said she never recovered several missing items, including sunglasses and a phone charger.