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Rash of Recent Car Thefts in Sonoma County

Of ten stolen vehicles in past two months, nine had the keys in the ignition

By Bay City News Service

Three vehicles were stolen Tuesday in Cloverdale and Geyserville bringing the number of vehicle thefts during the past two months in Sonoma County to 10, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Most of the vehicles were unlocked and the ignition keys were left inside nine of the stolen vehicles, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Two vehicles were stolen in Geyserville and one in Cloverdale Tuesday, Sloat said. They were a Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Z-71 pickup truck and a Ford Explorer.

The Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force estimates 30 to 40 percent of vehicles were stolen in the county because the keys were left in the vehicles, Sloat said.

The auto thefts are not confined to urban areas because rural residents often leave their keys in the vehicles, Sloat said.

Thieves often enter vehicles to steal valuables in plain sight and then steal the vehicles when they find a key inside, Sloat said.

Anyone with information about the recent vehicle thefts is asked to call the Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force at (707) 565-1371.

Janette Brown March 08, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Sorry their cars were stolen .... but come on if you leave your key in the vehicle !!!!
Concerned Resident March 10, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Really? It should not be about the individual and their car or if they left it open or not, running or keys in it! Its about all the people who have truly nothing better to do than ruin another's day. Seriously, run havoc in your own life, do $%&# to your own things, and STOP GETTING CLOSE TO and STOP TOUCHING things that are not yours!

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