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Trucks make up the entire list from 2011, topping it is the 2000 Dodge RAM pickup, followed by the 1999, and at number five, the 1998.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Michigan State Police say that auto thefts are down by 9.35% from the 2009-2010 period.

Good news, but troopers say it's not the new vehicles that are being eyed by thieves.  The one's being stolen have some age on them.

Trucks make up the entire list from 2011, and topping it is the 2000 Dodge Ram pickup, followed by the 1999 Ram, and at number five, the 1998 Ram.

"My intuition tells me that they're stolen for the scrap value, not for parting out and selling," said David Rapaport, co-owner of Grand Rapids Auto Parts.

Rapaport has dealt with the buying and selling of used auto parts for decades. To him, the list just does not make a lot of sense.

"I'm very surprised! I would think that the vehicles, at least the top ten would have been much newer vehicles," said Rapaport.

Technicians at K&M Northfield Dodge on Plainfield said they believe the top reasons for stealing such vehicles -- especially Dodge pickups -- were for diesel engines and interchangeable parts.

There is another factor of value -- metal...lots of metal.

"A truck, assuming it weighs say 4,000 lbs, the scrap metal right now brought to any of the scrap dealers in town, it's right around $300 a ton," said Rapaport. "They can get $500-$600 a truck for just the scrap."

The top-ten most stolen Michigan vehicles are:

1. 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup

2. 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup

3. 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup

4. 1998 Ford F150 Pickup

5. 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup

6. 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup

7. 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup

8. 1996 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup

9. 1999 Ford F150 Pickup

10. 1997 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup

Michigan State Police say the number of auto thefts have fallen in Michigan by 62% since 1986.

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