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WASHINGTON STATE-- A new law in Washington cracks down on car prowlers who keep getting caught. Several hundred cars are targeted every year in Yakima County.

It implements tougher penalties for repeat offenders. A third conviction climbs from a gross misdemeanor to a felony. It used to mean less than a year in jail. Now, a third offense brings at least a year. Punishment keeps getting worse after that.

"It would be better to make it more harsh because we are one of the most car theft cities in America so I mean, we need to like decrease that," said David Ortega, whose car has been prowled in Yakima. "Over the summer I was working and I got my car stereo stolen."

The new law takes effect in two and a half months.

New law cracking down on car prowlers

A new law in Washington cracks down on car prowlers who keep getting caught. Several hundred cars are targeted every year in Yakima County.