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Deputies investigating series of vehicle thefts in Piedmont

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A Piedmont woman's 1994 Harley Davidson Fatboy that was stolen. (Source: Trisha of Piedmont) A Piedmont woman's 1994 Harley Davidson Fatboy that was stolen. (Source: Trisha of Piedmont)
PIEDMONT, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Highway 17 at Highway 86 in Piedmont is a busy intersection and an area with a heavy population. But the people living in that area say they've had problems.

"Friday morning, I heard what sounded like our motorcycle cranking up," said Trisha, a homeowner who lives in the area who did not want her last name released. "I looked out the window, and it was someone sitting in our driveway [on the Harley]."

Before she knew it, her 1994 Harley Davidson Fatboy was gone. And she's not the only one who's had a vehicle go missing.

"Once I realized my car had been stolen, I was in complete shock," said Jeanette.

Jeanette had the same problem, too. Her car was taken from her driveway.

Both Jeanette and Trisha both live near Highway 17 and Highway 86, and deputies said their cases are among 10 reports of vehicle thefts in the past three months.

"One of 10 is just amazing in this area," said Jeanette. "That, to me, is unbelievable."

Deputies said all of the cases have something in common.

"[They] either had keys in the car, or were left unlocked, or were left running outside a gas station," said Detective Matthew Voigt with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

In one other case, a vehicle was stolen from an open garage.

Deputies also said this rash of thefts isn't totally out of the ordinary or that unusual. But they did add that living in a rural area can give people a false sense of security.

"In a perfect world, I should be able to park my car in the driveway, running with the keys hanging in it and no one touch it," said Voigt. "Unfortunately, if you run up and down the road, you see people walking, the economy's in bad shape and people are going to choose to not walk."

Deputies said the cases don't appear to be connected. Out of the 10 total cases in the past three months, six have resulted in a recovery, arrest or both.

"It's almost like you did nothing wrong," said Jeanette, whose purse was also in the car when it was stolen and has claimed identity theft. "I didn't ask for my car to be stolen, I didn't ask for my purse to be stolen, all of this, but what I've had to go through to recover from all this is like punishment."

Trisha, whose case remains unsolved, is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her Harley.

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