Stolen Cars in Mid-Michigan

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

Thieves stole a truck, a mini-van and three motorcycles in a span of twelve hours on Thursday. All the vehicles disappeared from Meridian Township apartment complexes.

Meridian Township authorities say the thieves probably used the mini van and the truck to steal the bikes.

While Meridian Township police try to solve the five latest car crimes, East Lansing police are working on the same mystery. They've seen five stolen motorcycles since April. It's an unusually high number, according to East Lansing police Captain Juli Liebler.

Now, both groups of detectives are planning a meeting to put their resources together and stop the criminals from targeting Mid-Michigan.

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The top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas in rates of stolen vehicles 2000, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's analysis of FBI figures.

Listed cities include their ranking last year in parenthesis, followed by their rate of stolen vehicles for each 100,000 residents last year.

1. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz. (3), 979.06
2. Miami (1), 956.59
3. Detroit (2), 909.24
4. Jersey City, N.J. (4), 814.37
5. Tacoma, Wash. (16), 807.92
6. Las Vegas, Nev.-Ariz. (9), 794.37
7. Fresno, Calif. (7), 783.90
8. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. (5), 781.26
9. Jackson, Miss. (8), 737.55
10. Flint, Mich. (21), 728.02
11. Newark, N.J. (12), 716.34
12. Tucson, Ariz. (33), 714.15
13. Albuquerque, N.M. (6), 707.40
14. Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. (19), 694.00
15. Memphis, Tenn.-Ark.-Miss. (23), 690.91
16. Sacramento, Calif. (20), 673.89
17. Myrtle Beach, S.C. (25), 673.20
18. Modesto, Calif. (27), 651.11
19. Atlanta, Ga. (18), 648.83
20. Houston, Texas (26), 633.66
21. Stockton-Lodi, Calif. (15), 627.15
22. Dallas, Texas, (17), 624.94
23. San Diego, Calif. (11), 624.53
24. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla. (14), 623.11
25. New Orleans, La. (10), 617.32


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