auto theft In Tlajomulco on Friday they simply demanded the keys.

Thieves make off with 40 brand-new Fords

Vehicles were stolen from a storage lot in Tlajomulco, Jalisco

A special police force is currently clamping down on vehicle theft in Guerrero but Jalisco looks like another good candidate for some additional police work.

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At least 40 brand-new Ford vehicles — Lobos, Edges, Explorers and Mustangs among them — were removed from a storage facility last Friday evening in Tlajomulco.

Two men posing as police officers were allowed to enter the storage lot after they told night watchmen they were investigating the theft of a truck.

Once inside they pulled out weapons and demanded keys to 50 vehicles. The precise number indicated they knew how many there were.

Moments later accomplices arrived to help drive the vehicles away. Two of the stolen vehicles were recovered Saturday morning; authorities continue looking for more.

It wasn’t the first case of auto theft on such a large scale in Tlajomulco. Last September, thieves took 20 vehicles — all were 2017 — from a Nissan lot.

The robberies all add up to a huge spike in automotive theft figures for the state. In the first five months of this year there were 2,179 cases of auto theft with violence. There were 2,557 cases during all of 2016, according to the state Attorney General.

January-to-May figures were up 100% over the same period last year.

Jalisco is in third place in terms of the number of cases per 100,000 population with 26.86. Sinaloa leads with 52.88 and Estado de México is third with 50.41. Nationally the figure is 18.93.

It was not reported what the figures are for Guerrero, where the new police force known as Fuerza Conago has been dispatched to combat the crime.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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