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July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Fresno County draws travelers to its amazing Blossom Trail each spring when fruit trees erupt with color, but the area claims a dubious distinction too: vehicle theft capital of the United States. California cities claimed seven of the top 10 spots where cars, trucks and vans were most often stolen nationwide in 2011, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau . Fresno, Modesto and the Bakersfield-Delano area claimed the three top spots for vehicle thefts last year for the second year in a row, according to the organization's Hot Spots 2011 report released last month.
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September 17, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The car belonging to the 24-year-old Burbank man reported missing nearly two months ago was found Sunday off a cliff near the Angeles Crest Highway, authorities said Monday. Gevork Boyadzhyan's white Lexus sedan was located by authorities Sunday 400 feet off mile marker 65 of the highway, Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's   Station told the Burbank Leader . No body was found inside the car, but items of clothing were recovered next to the vehicle, he added.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
A 23-year-old Simi Valley man suspected of driving a stolen car was arrested after crashing into a parked vehicle while being chased by police, authorities said. The incident began at 5:35 p.m. Saturday when a Simi Valley police officer spotted a Ford Probe that had been reported stolen the day before. The officer tried to stop the car, but the driver sped off and after a short chase the car crashed into a parked vehicle near Haven Avenue and Fitzgerald Road, authorities said.
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July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Fresno County draws travelers to its amazing Blossom Trail each spring when fruit trees erupt with color, but the area claims a dubious distinction too: vehicle theft capital of the United States. California cities claimed seven of the top 10 spots where cars, trucks and vans were most often stolen nationwide in 2011, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau . Fresno, Modesto and the Bakersfield-Delano area claimed the three top spots for vehicle thefts last year for the second year in a row, according to the organization's Hot Spots 2011 report released last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY
As part of California's second annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Week next week, Orange County law enforcement agencies will remind people to avoid becoming easy targets for thieves or carjackers while parking or driving. The main precaution drivers can take, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Bruce Lian, is to park in a safe place, roll up the windows and lock all the doors. Lian suggested looking for a well-lighted space and parking away from the exits of large parking lots.
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April 16, 1992 | FRANKI V. RANSOM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men were being held in County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond each after being arrested for operating what authorities said was a chop shop that processed $500,000 worth of stolen vehicles and boats. John Robert Meli, 27, of Monrovia, and William Thomas Trader, 22, of Arcadia, both charged with grand theft, pleaded not guilty last week in Alhambra Municipal Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
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February 18, 1985 | JERRY BELCHER, Times Staff Writer
It was about 3:45 a.m. and a young man and a young woman were whooping it up in downtown Los Angeles. As couples in a state of hilarity sometimes will, they decided to do something madcap. Prankish, even. The date was Nov. 16, 1904. There was a "Great War" going on in the Far East--the Russo-Japanese War, but in Los Angeles (population 200,000) it was quiet, especially after midnight. And the young couple were looking for excitement.
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February 9, 2003 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
After a decade of decline, reported crime increased in Oxnard last year as gang violence and car thefts soared in Ventura County's largest city, the Police Department reported. "I'm dissatisfied that it's going up," Police Chief Art Lopez said, "but we look at motor vehicle theft as the biggest cause of that. If you take out that one category, we're up one crime over last year." The 2.
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February 27, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Glendale Police have released a crime summary showing that local lawbreakers stole cash, cars and other property at a heightened pace last year. Major crimes citywide were up 5% in 1991, compared to the previous year, led by offenses that were motivated by money, and the region's recessionary woes might be partly to blame, police officials said this week. Property-related crimes--including burglary, theft, vehicle theft and arson--together jumped 6.4%, compared to Glendale's 1990 totals.
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May 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Moreno Valley man has been arrested on suspicion of the theft early this month of 500 pounds of dynamite from a mining company near Big Bear City, authorities said. Joshua Lee Gawn, 33, was arrested Friday evening by Riverside County sheriffs' deputies after a brief pursuit in Romoland. Gawn is being held in the Riverside County Jail on a vehicle theft charge and on several outstanding warrants.
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July 22, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Vehicle thefts in California dropped 12% in 2008 over the previous year, the California Highway Patrol announced Tuesday. Of the 199,766 vehicles stolen last year, more than half were cars, followed by trucks and vans and, finally, motorcycles. About 9% of the thefts were described as RVs, commercial vehicles and farm equipment. About 86% of the vehicles stolen were recovered. More than half of those recovered were found operational or intact, CHP officials said. Topping the list of most frequently stolen cars in 2008 was the 1991 Honda Accord.
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February 6, 2008 | Gregory W. Griggs
Despite a drop in violent crime, the city experienced a jump in vehicle-related thefts last year, which resulted in an overall 11% increase in serious crimes for 2007, city officials said. Auto thefts jumped nearly 39% to 222 incidents, while thefts of valuables from vehicles helped push larcenies up 17% to 1,729 incidents, according to police crime statistics. Violent crime was down 9% overall last year, officials said. There were two murders, one less than in 2006; and 20 rapes, one less than the previous year.
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August 18, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley saw a significant drop in violent crime during the first half of the year, but a spike in grand theft and auto theft caused a more than 17% increase in serious crimes, according to a new report. One homicide and nine sexual assaults -- the same as last year -- were reported, while aggravated assaults dropped from 55 to 43, a nearly 22% decline. Burglaries dropped from 221 to 205, and arson cases fell from 13 to 3. But property crimes jumped dramatically.
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March 23, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Car theft is a big enough problem without motorists making it easier for thieves by leaving their cars running unattended on the street. To help remind Oxnard residents that this practice is both careless and punishable by a fine in the city, a task force of 15 police officers fanned out before dawn Thursday, citing 41 offenders in about two hours. "It happens every day," said Det. Enrique Alvarez, Oxnard's auto theft investigator.
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May 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Moreno Valley man has been arrested on suspicion of the theft early this month of 500 pounds of dynamite from a mining company near Big Bear City, authorities said. Joshua Lee Gawn, 33, was arrested Friday evening by Riverside County sheriffs' deputies after a brief pursuit in Romoland. Gawn is being held in the Riverside County Jail on a vehicle theft charge and on several outstanding warrants.
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August 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
The governors of Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora on Friday announced stepped-up plans to combat border-related crime, saying they were prompted to act in part because their respective national governments had been slow to help. Arizona will create a new detail of officers to help prevent vehicle theft -- a crime often related to the transport of illegal immigrants -- and to gather intelligence to identify people taking large amounts of cash from the United States to Mexico, Arizona Gov.
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August 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
The governors of Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora on Friday announced stepped-up plans to combat border-related crime, saying they were prompted to act in part because their respective national governments had been slow to help. Arizona will create a new detail of officers to help prevent vehicle theft -- a crime often related to the transport of illegal immigrants -- and to gather intelligence to identify people taking large amounts of cash from the United States to Mexico, Arizona Gov.
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October 6, 1998 | MASSIE RITSCH
Ventura County Crime Stoppers is seeking information it hopes will lead to the capture of four fugitives linked to crimes ranging from vehicle theft to drug charges. Stephen Casio, 53, is wanted for violating the terms of his probation after being convicted of drug possession. He is described as a Latino male, 5 feet 10, 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair. Casio has "SC" tattooed on his upper right arm. His last known address is on the 300 block of North 9th Street in Santa Paula.
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October 3, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A Newport Beach man was charged with several crimes Thursday in connection with an escape from an Orange County jail this week. Mark Thomas Georgantas appeared in Harbor Justice Center on charges of felony escape without force, unlawful taking of a vehicle, felony evading while driving recklessly and misdemeanor hit and run. Bail was set at $100,000, and a pretrial hearing was set for Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said. Georgantas, 41, is accused of escaping with an accomplice from the James A.
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June 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Authorities have identified 27-year-old Ramon David Maldonado as the suspect in a vehicle theft and kidnapping of a 1-year-old boy in Ventura on Thursday. Maldonado is also wanted for violating his parole and is believed to be in the Santa Maria area. Maldonado is 5 feet 9, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos of a nude woman on one arm and "Santa Maria" across his back, authorities said.
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