Springfield experiencing spike in car thefts, burglaries – Aug. 27, 2017

State Journal-Register
Jason Nevel

Springfield police are warning residents to lock their car doors after a 150 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts through July, fueled primarily by teenagers, who often abandon cars days or weeks later after joyriding.

Meanwhile, authorities also are cracking down with rule changes that will make it more likely teens caught breaking into or stealing cars will spend some time behind bars.

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