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February 05, 1996

From 1983 to 1992, the number of vehicles stolen in the county rose 120%, but thefts have fallen since. Undercover efforts have shed light on this black market. Posing as professional thieves, investigators bought a Mitsubishi sports car for $5,000. Dealer price: $44,000.

More Cars Kept

Auto theft has declined since the advent of the auto theft task force in July 1993:

July-Dec., 1992: 10,417

Jan.-June, 1993: 10,520

July-Dec., 1993: 9,696

Jan.-June, 1994: 9,613

July-Dec., 1994: 9,583

Jan.-June, 1995: 8,780

Source: Orange County District Attorney

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