FAIRFIELD — Three suspected car thieves were arrested Monday after police stopped them on Villa Court in a vehicle police say was stolen, a 1990 Toyota Camry.
The owner saw the car on Grande Circle and called police, said Sgt. Brett Morris. Police saw the vehicle with the suspects driving and made a traffic stop without incident on the corner of Villa Court and East Tabor Avenue.
Multiple police units, including a canine unit, responded to the incident that happened about 9:45 a.m. The suspects were placed in separate police cars while officers searched the car, coming up with, among other things, a baggy full of bullets, a purse and a suitcase. Morris Monday afternoon that he didn’t know if the items belonged to the suspects or the victim.
Charges were pending against the suspects, he said.
The Toyota in Monday’s incident, which was reported stolen Sunday, makes a total of 28 cars reported stolen in Fairfield in December. Since May, that number has been as low as 20 in June, spiking to 115 in October.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau said that the Camry was the fifth-most-stolen car in the U.S. in 2012. The Honda Accord and Honda Civic lead the way in the top two spots, respectively.
Sgt. Troy Oviatt of the Fairfield Police Department said he believes that those particular cars are stolen the most because they’re the most “common types we see on the road.”
“It’s not because it’s easier or more difficult to steal,” he said.
So far in December in Fairfield, seven Hondas were stolen, a majority being Civics or Accords. Four were Toyotas, the rest were a mixture of years, makes and models.
Oviatt offered several suggestions to prevent vehicle theft:
“If people do those things, they will deter the mass majority,” Oviatt said.
Fairfield car thefts are spread throughout the city, he said, but the numbers spike in areas designated as high crime areas and dip in lower crime areas such as the west side of the city.
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Source: Fairfield Police Department