POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 3:53pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 9:33am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Crime stats show that motor vehicle thefts in 2012 in Brownsville were up 26% from year the before.
A total of 206 vehicles were stolen.
Police say some of the vehicles targeted were trucks and SUVS.
"We do see sometimes that vehicles that are recovered, sometimes they will have illegal aliens or narcotics inside." said Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez.
That was the case for Valley resident Paul Alexander's vehicle. His 2005 Dodge Ram was a stolen from a restaurant parking lot last December.
"I had a salad, the whole thing took 20 minutes and when I walked out my truck was no longer there." said Alexander.
Several weeks later Border Patrol and police called Alexander and told him his truck was found in Raymondville.
"My truck had been recovered and retrieved in the process of a high speed chase involving human trafficking the people who had stolen my truck using it human trafficking." Said Alexander
The Brownsville police chief says having a club or some kind of anti theft mechanism on your steering column is one the best ways to prevent your vehicle from being stolen.
Police say if you are in the vehicle when it's being stolen don't put up a fight.
“We have seen some cases in the Valley were the vehicle was taken at gunpoint please we urge citizens don't try to fight, it's just a motor vehicle we can report that, safety comes first."