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Auto Theft Dips in Missouri

March 3, 1997
By: Tracy Sadeghian
State Capital Bureau

Auto theft in Missouri has dropped from last year. Tracy Sadeghian has the details from Jefferson City.

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According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Almost 23-thousand cars were reported stolen in Missouri in 1996.

And auto theft has decreased by 4-percent since 1995.

But Missouri Insurance Information Spokesman Calvin Call says auto theft is costing the state...

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Contents: "For each unit that's stolen the average is around 5-thousand dollars, you take that times the total number of vehicles stolen and it adds up to a 117-million dollars lost in the State of Missouri last year."

Oldsmobile Cutlass, Chevrolet Caprice, Oldsmobile Delta, Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Escort led the pack as the most frequently stolen cars.

From the Capital, I'm Tracy Sadeghian.