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Albany car thefts up

April 21, 2006

Albany -- Car thefts are up in Albany, but police say most of them could have been avoided.

Investigators say most of the recent thefts have occurred when drivers ran into stores, leaving their cars running in the parking lot. Police say if the drivers had taken their keys, most likely their cars would not have been stolen.

Lt. Kenn Singleton said, " What's happening is a person is just coming by, he or she sees that vehicle left unattended. They just jump in it and take off with it."

It is against Georgia law to leave your car running when you leave it. Albany Police say they recovered most of these stolen cars a day or two later, abandoned when they run out of gas.

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