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Ontario police bust luxury car theft ring that sold vehicles internationally

AURORA, Ont. – Police in the Toronto area have taken down a car theft ring that peddled luxury vehicles across the country and around the world. They said 23 people have been arrested and $5 million in vehicles, weapons, drugs and cash has been recovered as a result, including a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan. York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe says the organized criminal operation began with the theft of a car left running in a…

Car theft prevention fund collects millions as car thefts skyrocket

DENVER -- Criminals broke Deshanette Brooks` heart and wallet when they ripped off “Betsy,” her family`s only car in the middle of the night. She’d purchased the 1996 Honda Accord with her tax refund so her sons, ages seven and eight, didn’t have to walk to school this winter. “I learned how to drive in her. I got my license in her. It`s me and my kids` first car. They`ve been walking all their lives,”…

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NICB: Catalytic Converter Thefts Still Smokin’

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports today that from 2008 through 2015, there were 25,394 catalytic converter thefts across the nation. In 2008, there were 3,246 thefts of catalytic converters. That number rose to 3,986 at the end of 2015—an increase of 23 percent—according to a review of insurance claims data. These numbers reflect just insured thefts, so the actual number of all catalytic…