Auto thefts in the city are nothing new.
According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, 794 of them occurred in the city last year alone.
However, Springfield police told CBS 3 a recent string of car thefts appear to be connected.
Forty Honda Accords, all made between 1990 and 1997, have been stolen in the last 40 days, with the Mason Square area of the city as the focal point.
"A lot are in Mason Square, but we have had some in the Acre, Forest Park and some that were in Indian Orchard that were stolen," said Sgt. John Delaney, aide to Police Commissioner William Fitchet. "A lot of them were dumped in the Mason Square area. We found four last night."
What makes these cases unique is that all 40 Accords have been recovered with little damage. Police believe the cars were stolen for joyriding purposes.
"A lot of times when they have these types of thefts, with that type of vehicle, they are stripped totally of engine parts, doors, rims and tires," Delaney stated. "None of these were."
One reason the Accord is popular to steal is the sheer number of them on the road. Motor Trend reports that just over 3 million were sold from 1990 to 1997.
Police said owners have steps they can take to prevent car theft from happening.
"People that have that type of vehicle should invest in a locking mechanism for your steering wheel," said Delaney. "If the thief comes up and sees that, they are just going to bypass that and look for the other Honda."
But police said they are looking to end the joyrides very soon.
"A lot of these are happening between 11 p.m and 8 a.m.," said Delaney. "We are on the lookout for this type of theft. We are going to get these guys, I am confident."
Delaney added that on top of the locking mechanism for the steering wheel, if possible, owners should keep their cars in a garage, as well as keep the car doors locked and the alarm set.
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