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'We think people are working together': 1 in custody after string of car thefts

Christian Bloss, 23, was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. (ODL photo via Springfield Police; Lane County Jail mugshot)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police recovered six stolen cars in two days on Gateway Street and Harlow Road.

"We do believe that they are all connected," Officer Pete Fitzpatrick said.

Officers located four vehicles Sunday night alone behind apartment complexes and businesses in the Gateway area.

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Then on Monday morning, officers responded to a call regarding a stolen pickup. truck.

While searching for the truck, officers saw Christian William Bloss inside a stolen Honda Accord.

"He tried to get out of the parking lot, out of the car - realized he was boxed in," Fitzpatrick said. "He started jumping fences moving northbound."

Officers arrested Bloss minutes later with the help of a Police K9.

Bloss, 23, was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle.

But police don't think he acted alone.

"Are they all the same person? Or are there people working together?" Fitzpatrick said. "We think people are working together."

Investigators said the thieves could be using shaved keys to steal cars.

"Using the ignition and hot wiring the ignition isn't necessary anymore," Fitzpatrick said. Shaving keys "really allows them to access, get in and start any Honda and some other cars also."

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