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Car thieves strike again

News editor

For the second time in less than a week, a car with its keys left in the ignition switch has been stolen in Hillsboro.

A 2003 Oldsmobile Alero owned by Asia Frye, 34, was parked on the street Thursday in front of her home in the 600 block of S. Lincoln St. when it was taken between 3:30 and 6 p.m.

“The keys were in the ignition,” police chief Dan Kinning said. “It’s still missing.”

The theft comes on the heels of one Dec. 10 when a 1989 Buick Regal, also unlocked and with the keys in it, was stolen from behind Zion Lutheran Church. It also is still missing.

“Neither one of them are of great value for retagging, reselling, or going to a job shop,” Kinning said. “Normally when someone steals these they needed a ride somewhere.”

The cars could have been abandoned after the thieves arrived at their destinations, Kinning said.

Motorists should always lock their cars and take the keys with them, no matter where or when they park, Kinning said.

Last modified Dec. 20, 2017

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