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Police use holiday strategy against car burglars

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Authorities in Corpus Christi are working to avoid a usual spike in car burglaries between Thanksgiving and Christmas by targeting repeat offenders.

The Corpus Christi Caller Times reported (http://bit.ly/QAdaBb ) Sunday that investigators usually see auto burglaries increase during the holidays.

A hard-hit area is the South Padre Island Drive corridor, heavy with malls, shops and restaurants whose parking lots fill with vehicles.

Police officials said that in the criminal world, a few people typically commit a majority of crimes. So investigators expedited cases against the worst repeat offenders, obtaining warrants for their arrest ahead of Thanksgiving.

They also worked with judges and prosecutors to get high bonds set in hopes offenders wouldn't be able to make bail quickly.

No auto burglaries were reported Thanksgiving week along South Padre Island Drive.

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