MARIEMONT, OH (FOX19) - Luxury vehicles have been reported stolen during the past few weeks in Mariemont, Madeira, and Indian Hill.
The suspects in these cases are all under the age of 18. The thefts are prompting the Indian Hill Rangers to meet with the Gang Unit of the Cincinnati Police Department on Tuesday.
Mariemont resident Mike Smythe's 2008 Mercedes Benz was stolen right out of his own driveway on Flintpoint Way. There were two iPhones in the vehicle.
"I was like, 'My goodness.' I'm just glad they didn't come in the house and disrupt the family," he said.
The suspects in this case have been identified as two 15-year-old boys. According to a police report, one of the teens put unleaded gas in the car's diesel fuel tank.
"Little disappointed about the fact that they were so young and stealing a car with such blaze," said Smythe.
Not too far away on Park Lane, Scott Hobart's family was also targeted. The car his kids use for college, a 2005 Pontiac Vibe, was also stolen out of the driveway.
"This kind of stuff doesn't normally happen in this neighborhood, but I guess nobody is immune to this kind of stuff," said Hobart.
Smythe and Hobart aren't the only two victims. In Indian Hill, a Tesla model S was stolen on Shawnee Run and a 2012 Mercedes SUV was stolen from Madeira on Shawnee Hills Drive.
One thing these cases all have in common is that the car doors were left unlocked and the keys were readily available inside.
Hobart admits he didn't think a crime like this would happen in his neighborhood.
"I was the knucklehead that left my keys in the car that night," he said.
The Indian Hill Rangers and Mariemont Police Department are warning residents to not make the same common mistake.
"It's a crime of opportunity so if the opportunity is there they are going to take it so like I said before going to bed make sure those cars are locked," said Sgt. Nicholas Pittsley with the Mariemont Police Department.