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Victim calls News4 I-Team after he couldn't get his stolen car back from police

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Eric Cepress' car was stolen from outside a west Nashville church while he was inside playing basketball. (WSMV) Eric Cepress' car was stolen from outside a west Nashville church while he was inside playing basketball. (WSMV)
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If your car gets stolen you count on the police to get it back, but one man is questioning how much of priority car thefts are for the police.

The News4 I-Team has learned car thefts are up citywide.

More than 100 cars have been taken from parts of west Nashville so far this year.

One of the most recent cases happened when the victim was inside a west Nashville church playing basketball.

When Eric Cepress finished a game of basketball, his car keys were gone.

"When I realized my keys were missing I walked out of the same door and realized my car was no longer parked there,” said Cepress.

He called 911. It was Cepress who says the next day he found his car being sold on Craigslist.

"I was actually really excited because I was like this is it, it's going to be super easy to catch him at this point,” said Cepress.

For safety reasons officers told the victim they'd get his car after finding it abandoned in north Nashville.

But more than two weeks later Cepress still didn’t have his car back or many answers, so he called the News4 I-Team.

It wasn't until we started asking questions he said he finally got a call back from police.

"I lost hope that they would actually find my car,” said Cepress.

The I-Team found stolen vehicles are on the rise in Nashville. In 2016 more than 1,700 cars were stolen. In 2017 that number jumped to 2,601 vehicles stolen. So far this year there have been 1,358 vehicles stolen.

“I work several miles away and it’s my only mode of transportation,” said Cepress.

The News 4 I-Team found cars are stolen the most from areas of north and south Nashville and Hermitage.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said sometimes it can take days to process a vehicle. The reason? Lack of resources and officers focusing on solving more violent crimes first.

Cepress said he understands that, he just hopes the police are doing everything they can to help people like him get their cars back.

Last year police found 83 percent of the cars stolen.

Police stress always to lock your car and put your keys somewhere safe and out of sight.

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