Auto theft

Automatic License Plate Reader installed on a police car. (The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Novato’s Automated License Plate Reader Helps Locate Stolen Cars

Police recovered two stolen vehicles Saturday morning in Novato with the help of an automated license plate reader, police said.

07/26/2015

auto theft suspects Colby Worsham, Anthony Roberts, Richard Higgerson (San Jose Police Department)

Alert Gym Employees Help Police Crack San Jose Auto-Theft Ring; 3 Arrested

An elaborate car theft ring was busted in San Jose after workers at gyms caught on to the scheme.

06/01/2015

Authorities raided a suspected chop shop in Oakland on September 30, 2014. (Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force)

Study Links Spike In California Auto Thefts With Flood Of Inmates Released Early

A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.

05/20/2015

BART Portable Aerial Observation Tower

BART Police Fight Crime From High Above In Portable Aerial Surveillance Tower

Commuters were curious to know just exactly what was the 25 foot tall contraption looming over the parking lot at the North Berkeley BART station. One commuter called it the ‘Leaning Tower of Policia’ on Facebook.

03/11/2015

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Car Thief Who Drove Stolen Car To South SF Court Appearance Faces Prison Term

A San Francisco man who drove a stolen car to his April court appearance in South San Francisco for a previous auto theft arrest has pleaded no contest to the charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

01/13/2015

A thief is seen breaking into a car in front of a Concord home using an electronic device to unlock the door. (CBS)

Caught On Camera: Concord Thief Uses Mystery Electronic Device To Break Into Car

Thieves are dispensing with the usual smash-and-grab technique and using a high-tech means to break into cars to steal items inside.

08/25/2014

Inmates at Chino State Prison

Concord Police Chief: Prison Realignment Linked To Increase In Crime

An East Bay police chief says he believes there is a connection between California’s prison realignment policy and an increase in crime in his city.

06/16/2014

Oakland Police Department patrol car. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland Police Raid Nets Stolen Guns, 11 Arrests

Officers arrested 11 suspects and seized numerous firearms in Oakland earlier this month, according to the California Highway Patrol.

02/16/2014

Authorities busted a suspected auto theft ring at a warehouse on 36th Avenue in Oakland on February 5, 2014. (CBS)

Authorities Raid Alleged Chop Shop In East Oakland

Police recovered stolen cars and arrested nearly a dozen people during a bust of a suspected auto theft ring in East Oakland on Wednesday.

02/06/2014

Toyota. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Auto Thieves Target Fremont Dealerships

Fremont auto dealerships have increased their internal security as police investigate the theft of several cars from their service departments last weekend.

12/24/2013

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