A HORRIFIED Solihull resident woke up to find the front of her Toyota Yaris had been taken apart – the latest in a string of car ‘cannibal’ attacks.
The Olton resident discovered the remains of her vehicle last Thursday (June 27) as she was setting off to work.
She did not want to be named but said it was ‘scary’ to think what people in the borough were capable of these days.
Police say thieves are able to quickly and efficiently remove front end parts from cars without causing any damage so they can be sold.
The phenomenon first hit nationally back in 2013 particularly affecting Vauxhall Corsas – and the term ‘Corsa Cannibal’ was coined.
The resident told us: “It’s a shame that it’s happening in places like Solihull. I believe that it’s a way to make quick money for the people who do it as it seems to be quite quick and easy for them to remove the bumper and can sell it easily too.
“It’s more frustrating than anything as I use my car every day for work and people work hard for their items just for them to be damaged or even stolen.
“It’s also very scary that someone that could be considered a bit dangerous was so close to the house.”
Hundreds of other offences have been reported elsewhere in the West Midlands, while there have been several incidents in Solihull.
There have been other reports in Castle Bromwich, Lyndon, Olton and Kingshurst.