Madison police report 33 percent increase in stolen vehicles

Authorities arrested a man Saturday after he led them on a chase through three counties that included four stolen vehicles, the last of which he drove into the Tennessee River./Source: MGN
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Police are reporting an uptick in stolen cars in the Madison area.

According to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval’s blog, 36 stolen auto reports were filed last May. That’s 33 percent more than in May of last year, when 27 were reported stolen.

Police also report a total of 186 vehicles stolen so far in 2019, a 17 percent increase compared to 159 stolen between January to May 2018.

Of the 36 vehicles stolen last month, police say that 29 were recovered. Police believe 25 of the stolen vehicles had keys left in them. And 6 were unlocked and running when they were stolen.