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Thieves Target Car Parts On South Coast

Some thieves have been on a mission on the South Coast, targeting specific car parts.

At least eight vehicles have had their batteries stolen in the Camarillo area in the last week. The thefts are even more specific than just batteries.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they are being stolen from Honda Civics and Toyota Corolla made between 1994 and 2013. 

Investigators say a red Kia Rio has been linked to the crimes, but there are no visible license plates in surveillance video. But, they say a similar vehicle has been reported in the area of other battery thefts in the region.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.