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Yakima County Will Soon Be Receiving Grant Money to Help Curb Auto Theft

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Auto theft is rampant in Yakima County. Yakima ranks 9th nationally for stolen vehicles per capita.

Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority announced today they'll be awarding $4.4 million dollars in grant money to local law enforcement agencies. 

Yakima County is one of a handful of counties receiving the grant. Yakima County Sheriff's, Yakima Police, as well as Sunnyside and Toppenish Police are all getting a piece of the fund. 

Police say there's actually been a decrease in stolen cars through out the state, because of the anti-theft efforts.

"We want to see that trend continue, so putting these kinds of monies out for law enforcement or prosecution agencies to really work on the issue. I think is really timely," said Jim Lamunyon, executive director of WATPA.

Funding comes from traffic infractions. Yakima County Sheriff's are holding a news conference Friday morning to discuss how the money will be distributed.

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