Motorcycles among most stolen vehicles in Lucas County

LUCAS COUNTY -- The Ohio State Highway says Lucas County is fifth out of ten counties for stolen vehicles so far in 2008.

The most common stolen vehicle in the state is the Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Yamaha and Honda motorcycles round out the top three.

Press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol:

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol released the top 10 counties where vehicles are stolen and the top vehicles that are reported stolen in Ohio through the end of March 2008.

This information is a part of the Patrol's initiative whereby troopers are encouraged to look beyond the license plate or initial stop to pick up on criminal indicators that might point to a presence of illegal activities, such as vehicle theft.

During just the first three months of this year 2,169 stolen vehicles were entered as stolen into the Ohio Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS). The Patrol has recovered 188 stolen vehicles in the first three months of 2008. During that time troopers have recovered at least one stolen vehicle in 61 of Ohio's 88 counties.

The list below is the top 10 vehicles stolen in Ohio in January through March of this year.

1. Oldsmobile Cutlass 47
2. Yamaha Motorcycle 44
2. Honda Motorcycle 44
3. Honda Civic 43
4. Honda Accord 40
5. Dodge Caravan 36
6. Ford Taurus 36
7. Chevy Lumina 30
8. Dodge Intrepid 29
9. Chevy Blazer 28
10. Buick LeSabre 28

According to the FBI, vehicle theft is the second most profitable crime in the United States, surpassed only by the illegal narcotics trade.

Posted by LS