Anchorage hit by unusual increase in car thefts

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Auto thefts in Anchorage are on rise this summer, police said.

Last year, 1,404 vehicles were reported stolen in the city, an average of about four vehicles a day.

During the last two weeks or so, police have received as many as seven reports of stolen cars a day, according to department spokesman Ron McGee.

Summer is usually a time when fewer cars are stolen, because owners don't leave them running like they do in the winter.

But some of the recent victims left their cars running to keep them cool in the recent record-setting temperatures.

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