Police investigating alarming number of car thefts
Medford Police are investigating a startling number car thefts that reported over the past several weeks.
Police said they have investigated reports of 16 stolen vehicles in the past week, and seven cars were stolen on Tuesday alone.
According to law enforcement, 1990's Honda models are a common target because they are broken into "rather easily."
They said that of the 32 car thefts reported in March, 11 were older Honda models.
19-year-old Juan Perez was victim to a car theft just last week.
He said his 1996 Honda Civic was stolen from the parking lot outside of his work in broad daylight.
"I kind of knew it was common with Hondas," said Perez. "I think it's because they're cheap. They're easy to break into, especially the older ones."
Unlike car thefts of the past, Police say they see auto thieves are more likely to use the cars until they run out of gas rather than taking them to a chop shop. The change in car theft culture means victims have a better chance of getting their cars back.
That was true for Perez, who received word from Police that his car was recovered on Tuesday night.
He said the car was no longer driveable due to a damaged gear shift. A sub woofer, worth about $300, was also missing from the trunk.
"I'm definitely going to buy the steering wheel lock," said Perez as he explained precautions he plans on taking in the future. "I'm going to park right in front of my work. I'm going to make sure to keep an eye on the car."
Police are looking into a suspect involved in the theft of Perez's car. They said often times, a single suspect or group of suspects are responsible for multiple vehicle thefts.