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Ten O'Clock News; Art of car theft


Reporter David Boeri walks with Sam Cook, age 24, retired auto thief and part seller. Cook explains his specialties being Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport, and customized vans. MDC officer Robert Springer and State Trooper Richard Connolly of Governor's Auto Theft Strike force comment on Cook's theft and similar theft in other cities. 50,000 cars were stolen in Boston in 1987: most in the country. Cook explains that auto thieves look for parts of cars rather than reselling whole cars. Cook now works for City of Boston as a parking enforcement officer.

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Ten O'Clock News

Art of car theft

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Automobile theft
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Boeri, David (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Art of car theft,” 02/09/1988, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6AAE35A418084D2A84DC0A8CB31EC421.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Art of car theft.” 02/09/1988. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6AAE35A418084D2A84DC0A8CB31EC421>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Art of car theft. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6AAE35A418084D2A84DC0A8CB31EC421
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