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COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ Coeur d'Alene police say the
declining economy is likely behind an increase in property crimes
in the city last year.
Robberies, vehicle theft and forgery crimes also increased in
2009, compared to the previous year, according to the police crime
There were 27 robberies in 2009, compared to 19 in 2008, an
increase of 67 percent. Those robberies included banks, pharmacies
and latte stands as well as personal attacks.
Vehicle thefts went up from 62 to 85, and larceny rose from 936
cases in 2008 to 1,296 cases in 2009. Fraud cases increased by 72
percent, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported.
Police Sgt. Christie Wood says people turned to crimes of
opportunity because they were hurting financially.
Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com
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