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State grant to fight local auto theft

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RICHLAND, Wash., -  Local police are working on ways to prevent your car from being stolen.

A new grant from the state will provide nearly $120,000 to fight auto theft in the Tri-Cities.

The City of Richland will manage the fund to local law enforcement in both Franklin and Benton counties for new equipment, like bait cars, and officer and detective overtime pay.

"Auto theft is a problem in the Tri-Cities.  Each of the cities and all the counties experience it," says Captain Mike Cobb of the Richland Police Department.  "It's one thing that we have found that we can probably have a good chance of interdicting to try to have an impact on the numbers, but it is incredibly staff intensive."

Captain Cobb says the crimes are complex often involving several suspects.

The grant money is still three to four months away.