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'We feel helpless': His Honda CR-V was stolen twice

‘We feel helpless’: His Honda CR-V was stolen twice

A Saint-Hyacinthe man has had many pitfalls since his Honda CR-V was stolen twice in the span of a few months.

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Rodrigo Celle, 32, was the victim of his first car theft on the night of January 5, 2022.

While living in Colombia at the time of the robbery, the man decided to leave his car in front of his friend’s house in Montreal. Knowing that Honda’s CR-V was so popular with thieves, he didn’t want to leave his SUV unattended.

Although a curfew was imposed last January by the Quebec government, criminals were still able to steal the car, without being intercepted by SPVM police officers.

Upon returning to Quebec, the man began a series of steps with his insurance company to find out what options were available to him.

His insurance company offered him to sign a property transfer agreement and receive compensation. However, if his car is found, then it will no longer be the owner.

A few days later, he was told that his car had been found, but that he could not repossess it due to the agreement signed with the insurance company.

“We feel helpless. Besides, for us [sa famille]It represented an economic loss due to the high interest rates […]. “Even if we got compensation, we would have had to pay for a car more expensive than we had before,” said Mr. Seely.

Without a car, the family had to find Plan B. Then the guy decided to order the SUV again, and after four months of delays, the family finally got it.

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To avoid the second misfortune, Rodrigo takes all means to thwart the thieves’ schemes, by acquiring anti-theft items.

In addition, he makes sure to park his car on the edge of the stairs of his house.

Despite all his efforts, his Honda CR-V was recently stolen in front of his house. He explains to the journalist how the thief or thieves managed to circumvent his preparations.

“We have traces, we see the signs [sur le gazon et les escaliers]. They made sure to pass. CR-V was surrounded by vehicles, so it wasn’t easy to get to but they took the designated place to pass […]. They overtaken all the cars that were there.

*** Watch the full interview with Rodrigo Celle below ***