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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:41 am, Wed Oct 31, 2012.

Lodi police officers last weekend recovered five stolen vehicles during one graveyard shift.

Four of the five were Hondas, and officers are warning Honda owners to be extra cautious.

With the current rash of Honda thefts, especially models from the late 1990s, Lt. Chris Jacobson suggested that drivers find a way to secure their cars. People should park them in garages, buy Club anti-theft devices for the steering wheels, install alarms or take other safety precautions.

"If it's left outside, it's more vulnerable to theft," Jacobson said. "The more work people have to do to steal it, the less likely they are to try."

From late Saturday night to early Sunday morning, officers found five stolen cars, three of which were abandoned in various parts of Lodi, Jacobson said. The other two cars led to arrests of parolees at large when officers pulled them over.

The first arrest was at 10 p.m. Saturday when officers received a call from someone saying there was a suspicious vehicle on Allen Drive, which is off of Elm Street south of Mills Avenue.

Dispatchers checked the license plate number and found out the Ford F-250 truck was stolen out of Sacramento.

When officers arrived on the scene, a male and female started running. There was a short footchase, but the subjects stopped after hearing the officer's orders.

Brandon Goar, 31, of Rio Vista, was arrested for being a parolee at large and on suspicion of auto theft, Jacobson said. The female was not charged.

The second arrest happened at 2 a.m. Sunday when an officer saw a Honda Accord driving suspiciously.

"We've had a rash of stolen Hondas recently, so the officer was trying to catch up to the vehicle to check on the plate," Jacobson said.

The Honda turned and parked in an alley near Central Avenue and Walnut Street. The officer shined a spotlight on the car, and the driver immediately got out with his hands up.

The officer recognized him as a Lodi resident on parole for previous auto thefts.

Joshua Grinstead, 23, was arrested for being a parolee at large and on suspicion of auto theft.

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