Proof that being tough on crime works!!! Good job Mr. Thomas!
Gonzalez - Jan. 18, 2010 12:00 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com
The Valley saw a 38.5 percent drop in the number of reported vehicle thefts for the first half of 2009, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says, a decline he tied to more vigorous police investigations and prosecutions.
Valley police agencies reported 7,492 vehicle thefts between January and June 2009, which was a sharp drop from the 12,190 reported in the same period in 2008.
The decline is important, Thomas said, because the sour economy has families relying more on their vehicles.
The largest declines were in Mesa, at 44 percent, and Phoenix, at 40 percent.
Other communities with declines included Chandler, 39 percent; Tempe, 35 percent; and Glendale, 31 percent.
In the past three years, Thomas' Bureau has prosecuted 4,700 people, with a conviction rate of 95.5 percent.