Who you gonna call? Movie prop-maker’s custom ‘Ghostbusters’ Kia Soul stolen from apartment garage: ‘It’s like my child’

It would’ve been higher if she bought slimed.

A film prop-maker who decked out her Kia Soul to look like the long-lasting Ecto-1 automobile from “Ghostbusters” had the custom wheels stolen from her Los Angeles apartment constructing.

Erica Nese, who tricked-out the inexperienced Kia in the course of the pandemic, told KTLA that somebody had tried to bust into the notoriously easy-to-steal automobile with a screwdriver final week.

She was about to go to the mechanic to have her “Ecto Kia” mounted on Monday, however when she went into the parking storage beneath her Silver Lake apartment constructing, the lime-green Soul had vanished.

“It’s really beautiful … it’s a work of art [that] took me about four or five years,” she advised the outlet. “But it’s looking very pretty, and it’s not done yet.”

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The distinctive Kia Soul was stolen from a parking storage beneath Nese’s Silver Lake apartment constructing. Instagram
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Nese mentioned she simply needs the automobile again so she will proceed engaged on it. Instagram
GHOSTBUSTERS II, from left, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, director Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, on-set, 1989
Nese has reworked her Kia to look like the long-lasting Ecto-1 automobile from “Ghostbusters.” ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
Erica Nese
Erica Nese cosplaying as a Ghostbuster. Instagram

Several different vehicles within the storage have been additionally damaged into, Nese mentioned. The parking storage has a locked gate and requires a code to get inside, she added.

While will probably be onerous for the thief to stay inconspicuous in such a automobile, no arrests have been made.

“I just want the car back so I can keep working on it,” Nese mentioned.

“It’s like my child,” she added.

Thefts of Kia-made automobiles skyrocketed lately as thieves posted movies on social media displaying how the ignition techniques in primarily 2011-2021 Kias and 2015-2021 Hyundais with bodily keys may very well be simply hacked utilizing a screwdriver, pliers or the top of a USB cable.

The fashions notably lack engine immobilizers, an ordinary characteristic on most vehicles because the Nineties stopping the engine from beginning until the bottom line is current.

It even sparked “the Kia Challenge” on social media.

Attorneys normal from 17 states have known as on federal regulators to situation a compulsory recall on the Kias and Hyundais, arguing the voluntary software program fixes issued by the businesses aren’t sufficient.

Multiple cities together with Baltimore, Milwaukee and New York have filed or introduced plans to affix authorized motion towards the automakers, which are also going through class-action and civil lawsuits from shoppers.

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