KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Crystal Hong said her hands have been full with a two-year-old girl and another baby on the way. On top of the time she spends on her daughter, Hong said motherhood has also brought a lot of unexpected financial expenses.
Last week, those expenses skyrocketed when her car was stolen from her apartment.
"I walk out, and I do not see my car. I ran upstairs, and woke up my husband to tell him the car was gone," Hong said.
Someone had stolen her 2015 silver Subaru Forester. However, that was only half the trouble.
Hong said her situation wouldn't have been so terrible, except that her husband's car had been stolen only six days earlier.
"I was in panic mode because that's two cars in less than one week," she said.
Six days earlier, Hong said her husband had left his keys in his car, and a thief or thieves capitalized on the opportunity to take the vehicle. However, when they took her husband's keys, they also took the key to Hong's Forester, which became their next target.
Hong's family hasn't been the first to fall victim to car thefts—a Community Crime Map found several other thefts and crimes that have recently occurred in her neighborhood. Hong said those crimes have made her worry for her growing family.
"I do have a very young daughter. I worry what would have happened if they took her," she said.
Thankfully, Hong said her family has been safe and had the ability to purchase two new vehicles. She said she's just hoping thieves don't strike her home a third time, a hope that's prompted her to look into moving to a safer neighborhood.
Police requested anyone who sees vehicles matching the following descriptions contact the Knoxville Police Department:
• 2015 silver Subaru Forester
• 2015 navy blue Hyundai Sonata