Another Rash of Auto and License Plate Thefts in Kennewick over Weekend
This round appeared to target one of the most stolen vehicles in the country.
Kennewick police reported four vehicles and several license plates stolen between Friday and Sunday.
The thefts included a 1996 grey Honda Civic, and two 1997 Honda Accords, one dark green, the other silver. A 2003 Chevy 3500 Silverado dual-rear axle truck belonging to Valmont Northwest was also stolen. The truck is bronze, with a large red "cherry picker" hoist in the back. The value of that truck and equipment is over $70,000. There was also an unsuccessful attempt to steal a 1993 Accord early Sunday morning in the 2400 block of South Irving, but the owner says the thief evidence shows the thief was not able to hot-wire the vehicle.
License plates were also stolen from a 2001 Blazer and a Dodge Ram pickup. Police also reported all the thefts occurred during the overnight hours between Friday and Sunday morning. They suspect the Hondas could have been specifically targeted as they are the most commonly stolen vehicles in the country.
There didn't appear to be any geographical pattern, and the thefts ranged from the 300 Block of Kennewick Avenue to the 8000 Block of North Hood, to North Center Parkway in the Western part of town. Police say thieves often steal license plates from vehicles to place on other stolen cars, making them harder to trace.
While there has been several recent "sprees" of auto theft reports, Kennewick still ranks relatively low for cities it's size in this catagory. According to information from the Kennewick Police Department annual report for 2012, some 129 auto thefts were reported and investigated that year. By comparison, Yakima in 2012 had over 1,100!
Anyone with any information is asked to report it anonymously to Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at (509)-586-TIPS.