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Auto thieves break into more than 100 vehicles along Memphis interstates

Owners leaving their broken down vehicle on the side of the road are coming back to find them stripped of parts. Owners leaving their broken down vehicle on the side of the road are coming back to find them stripped of parts.

(WMC-TV) - Cars broken down on Memphis interstates have become targets for thieves.

Owners leaving their broken down vehicle on the side of the road are coming back to find them stripped of parts.

Cars have been popping up along local interstates sitting up on blocks after thieves ravage them for valuables.

Memphis police said since January 2012 there have been 171 thefts of vehicles and auto thefts along I-240, I-40, and Bill Morris Parkway.

"It's hard when you're trying to go back and forward trying to make a living for your family, and your vehicle break down, you come back, and it's gone that's sad," said motorist Ashley Nelson.

Anthony's Auto Care & Tire owner, Anthony Aaulsberry, says the interstates running through Memphis are like pull-a-parts lots with auto thieves stealing anything from catalytic converters and center caps to tires.

"It's pretty much anything on a car worth value. You might have somebody have a vehicle like yours, and once they see your vehicle they need that part, and they'll pull over," said Saulsberry.

He says the most important rule is do not leave your car abandoned overnight.

"Always have a contact tow truck driver. Something like that. Have a place that you can call that does 24 hour towing and mechanics," said Saulsberry.

If you want to know more about how thieves are targeting stalled cars, click here.

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