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Merrimack Valley

April 29, 2013

Police still see a lot of stolen cars, but fewer since 2011


Others had the airbags stolen.

In a new wrinkle, he explained, car thieves have taken to stealing Dodge Grand Caravans and using them as rolling storage vehicles for stolen items. Two of them were parked at the Sheehan’s lot, their back seats removed or folded down. The ignition had been popped but otherwise the vans weren’t too seriously damaged.

The thieves apparently fill them with stolen car parts, drive them somewhere, and then dump them when they are done.

Romero confirmed that 75 percent of stolen cars are recovered and that they are usually older-model Hondas, because the parts are all interchangeable. While there are identification numbers on the parts, they are often sanded away or the part, such as an airbag, is impossible to view because it is covered once installed.

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