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Auto thefts on increase

October 29, 2004

Albany -- The holidays are when car thefts are usually at their height, but Albany police say they are already seeing an increase in stolen cars.

In the last eight days, Albany police have had more than 20 stolen cars reported. The thefts have occurred in all parts of the city and include all kinds of vehicles.

 Most of the stolen cars were left running, making them easy targets. Lt. Kenn Singleton said "Jumping out and running into a place of business. When they come back the vehicle is gone. Also he has noticed that the keys are being left inside the vehicles."

 Investigators say most of the stolen cars were used for joy-riding and then found abandoned.

Police say taking your keys, and locking your doors, is the best way to prevent theft.

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