Thousands of pounds worth of parts have been taken from a Toyota Yaris whilst parked outside the owner’s home in Birmingham earlier this month.
The bonnett, lights and various other parts were taken, leaving the owner “devastated”.
The theft happened hours after the car had been returned from the repair shop following an accident.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, owner Noreen said: “I said to myself no way. I went out and there it was.
“Prior to this incident I was in a car accident and had repaired my vehicle – I just got my car returned on the Friday evening.
“In 3.20am in the morning my phone rang and my heart dropped. It was my neighbour who said you need to go out someone has stripped your car again.”
Other car parts have been stolen in the same area in recent weeks, it is understood.
“Apparently my car wasn’t the only one – two days ago there was another car was stripped of its parts on another road.
“My neighbour’s catalytic converter was stolen too – so stealing car parts is on the rise now.
“I have to fork out £250 of my own to pay for the damage that has been done which is not my fault.
“Whoever they are, I want them to understand this is not acceptable and there needs to be more awareness.
“I remember two years ago and there were lots of chop shops and garages were raided – the police were on to it. It stopped for a while but now it’s on the rise again.”
A spokesman for the West Midlands force said: “A front bumper was stolen from a Toyota Yaris in Pretoria Road, Bordesley Green on 6 November.
“We understand how inconvenient these type of thefts are and we would urge anyone with information to contact us via Live Chat out website.”