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No one ever rightly assumes that car thieves are the brightest bulbs in the box, but one starts to wonder about the collective intelligence when the 20-year-old Oldsmobile Cutlass — out of production since 1999 and valued at no more than $1,000, according to Kelley Blue Book — starts showing up as the top car stolen in some states. (We’re looking at you, Kentucky.) Given that a grand theft auto conviction typically carries a stiff jail sentence and a hefty fine, is the risk really worth the reward? While criminals might be the only ones able to give a definitive answer, Frank Scafidi, spokesperson for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), offered an opinion on the matter.

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