CHICAGO (CBS) – Nicole is a 15-year-old girl, and she doesn’t even know how many cars she has stolen by force.
She says she used a knife to take the cars from unsuspecting drivers at least six times.READ MORE: New CTA Budget Has Some Fare Reductions, Bus-Train Transfer Fees Nixed
“I don’t know, I don’t count,” she told CBS 2’s Irika Sargent.
In an online conversation with Erin Moriarty of CBS’s “48 Hours” previewing her reporting on the teen carjacking trend, Sargent said she found the offenders are getting younger every year—some as young as 11 years old.
Nicole says she feels guilt.READ MORE: Kenosha County Sheriff's Deputy Shoots Chicago Homicide Suspect At Bristol Gas Station; Suspect Shot Police K-9 During Confrontation
“I am trying to be different,” she said. “I want to leave that in the past. I don’t want to be that person no more.”
Nicole said she has an advantage as a teenage girl, because drivers wouldn’t suspect a female carjacker.
The teenagers often use the cars to commit other crimes, including drive-by shootings. Others sell the cars for a few thousand dollars or even use the vehicle to get around town.MORE NEWS: Cook County Leaders Visit Harvey To Help Identify Water Main Issue; Dixmoor Residents Continue To Face Challenges