BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- FOX45 continues to investigate the growing number of carjackings in Baltimore.
It’s a crime officials say attracts kids -- and victims are typically unsuspecting people going about their daily lives.
The growing trend could be covering up an even bigger threat.
Compared to last year at this time the number of carjackings has jumped 41% and police say kids are committing 50% of the carjackings in Baltimore.
“We see them joyriding and we see them used in crimes of violence," Baltimore Police Chief Stanley Brandford said.
More seasoned criminals will use juveniles to help cover their tracks.
“If you get a juvenile to steal the car or carjack the vehicle and then you pass it off to an adult who uses it in an act of violence," Major Kimberly Burrus said. "They think it's hard to make the connection.”
Milwaukee has contacted the Baltimore Police Dept. after reportedly experiencing a similar surge.