Carjackings across Baltimore City are up nearly 50% compared to last year. Police say the majority of individuals carjacking residents are minors and some of them are not old enough to legally drive. There were 383 victims of carjackings reported to the Baltimore Police Department by the end of July. That’s compared to 261 carjacking victims across the city last year. In 2020, there were even fewer, with 259 carjacking victims through July, police data shows.

Baltimore Police Col. Richard Worley said he thinks the increase from the past two years is because people are not at home anymore due to the pandemic.

Police arrested 36 individuals between the ages of 14 years old to 16 years old on carjacking charges.

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Editors Note: This story has been updated to clarify the number of carjacking victims in Baltimore City.

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