Car Thefts Up in San Leandro This Summer: Police

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    It has been a busy summer for car thieves in the East Bay, specifically San Leandro. Police said car thefts skyrocketed this summer, and while things have slowed down a little bit in August, the number of thefts is still astronomical. NBC Bay Area’s Jodi Hernandez reports from San Leandro with an explanation. (Published Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014)

    It has been a busy summer for car thieves in one East Bay City, and police said it has been a trend they are working hard to turn around.

    San Leandro police said they saw a big spike in car thefts in July. About four cars a day are being swiped from neighborhoods all over town, and while thefts have slowed down a bit this month, police said the numbers are still unacceptable.

    People who have been victimized said losing a car is devastating.

    "It's just really sad to see people stooping that low, to take somebody else's property, someone's means of transportation, part of their livelihood to get to work every day and back, and pick up kids from school," car theft victim Carlos Manning said.

    San Leandro police said the number of auto thefts has more than doubled over the past five years, but they said they are working hard to put the brakes on it.