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      Ohio's vehicle thieves love minivans

      COLUMBUS, Ohio - An insurance industry group says a very specific Chrysler minivan is Ohio's most stolen vehicle for the third year in a row.

      Once again, the 2000 model Dodge Caravan tops the annual report from the Ohio Insurance Institute. Second on the state list released Tuesday is the 1994 Honda Accord, the vehicle most reported stolen nationwide during 2010. The No. 3 vehicle in Ohio last year was the 1994 Chevrolet full-size pickup truck. The rankings were for 2009-2010.

      So why is a minivan so attractive to vehicle thieves? The National Insurance Crime Bureau says certain older models of cars and trucks are hot with thieves because of the value of their parts.

      The Ohio group estimates that more than 21,000 vehicles were stolen in the state last year, based on preliminary FBI data that auto thefts were down 7.2 percent nationwide.

      For 2009-2010, the top stolen vehicles in Ohio were:

      Rank

      OHIO 2010

      OHIO 2009

      1

      2000 Dodge Caravan

      2000 Dodge Caravan

      2

      1994 Honda Accord

      1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera

      3

      1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

      2000 Honda Civic

      4

      1999 Ford Taurus

      1995 Buick Century

      5

      2000 Honda Civic

      1999 Ford Taurus

      6

      1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera

      1994 Honda Accord

      7

      1996 Buick Century

      1990 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

      8

      1997 Chevrolet Pickup (S-10)

      1995 Ford F150 Pickup

      9

      1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

      1999 Chevrolet Cavalier

      10

      2002 Ford Explorer

      1997 Ford Explorer

      (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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