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Six cars stolen in one night

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013

The California Highway Patrol recover one of six stolen Honda sedans early Tuesday on Amesti Road in Corralitos. The cars were stolen in Watsonville and the Seacliff area Monday night. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Local police are investigating a rash of cars stolen in Watsonville and the Seacliff area Monday night. At least six Honda sedans were reported stolen and thus far four of them have been recovered.

California Highway Patrol officer Sarah Jackson said that while she was taking a stolen car report in the Seacliff area for a mid-1990s green Honda Civic she received another report of a 1995 black Civic that was stolen a few minutes later in Watsonville.

About 3:30 a.m. police got a report of a crash on Browns Valley Road in Corralitos. The CHP and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies located a smashed red Honda Civic, also from the 1990s, with no one around. Police later learned that the Civic was one of three red Hondas that were reported stolen out of Watsonville over the night.

Later Tuesday morning CHP officer Sam Courtney recovered two stolen cars, a black Civic and a green Honda Accord. One had been abandoned on Seacliff Drive and the other vehicle was dumped in the driveway of a home on Pine Street.

Police also located a second red Civic, reported stolen out of Watsonville, heavily damaged and up on a wood block on Amesti Road in Corralitos on the 2300 block near the washout.

Amesti Road resident Jim Borges said he heard numerous cars racing up and down that dead-end section of Amesti Road around 3:30 a.m.

“They were coming and going in the early morning,” he said. “It was definitely excessive speed. At times I think there were five cars racing one another, back and forth.”

Jackson said that she had recovered five stolen Honda Civics on Amesti Road in August in a similar crime wave.

“Most of the victims were field workers who were extremely happy to get their cars back,” Jackson said.

The incidents are still under investigation.

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