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Auto thefts up 20% this year

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Auto thefts up 20% this year. Kennewick Police say car thefts are up 20% compared to last year. Officers say there have been almost 100 reported incidents since January. They say they're not surprised because people keep leaving their cars unlocked.

Sgt. Ken Lattin says "thieves love those kind of first frosty mornings. We'll have more very shortly in a few weeks. They'll drive around neighborhoods, any neighborhood, there's no neighborhood immune from it. Looking for a car unoccupied and running. And of course when it gets cold you can see that exhaust coming out of the tailpipe that you don't see in the summer time."

Police say they expect car thefts to increase over the next few weeks, and throughout the winter months.