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Police Search for Honda ‘Joyrider’ Behind Dozens of Thefts

SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) – Springfield Police are investigating a spike in Honda thefts by someone they say is merely taking them for joyrides then abandoning the vehicles on city streets with little or no damage.

“Forty Hondas have been stolen in the last 40 days.” Sergeant John Delaney of the Springfield Police Dept. says. “All of them have been recovered either the next day or the day after.”

Thursday morning, police were dusting for fingerprints of 4 Honda Accords at an Indian Orchard impound lot. All the vehicles appear to be in fine condition. Police say the target of these thefts are Honda Accords between the model years 1990 and 1997.

“Usually when we have Hondas stolen they are cannibalized. All the auto parts are taken off, brought to auto stores and sold because those are popular model years.” Sgt. Delaney explains.

However, police say in this rash of crime very little is stolen from the cars.

If you have any information on these crimes please contact the Springfield Police Department or text-a-tip to CRIMES (274637). In the message, type SOLVE and your tip.

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