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Frederick Zumbo, executive director of Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, says auto theft has become less of a problem in the state but remains a challenge for law enforcement and residents. (Cronkite News Photo by Samantha Incorvaia)

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Arizona ranked ninth nationally for auto thefts

PHOENIX - In 2008, Arizona was the top state for automobile thefts. Since then, it's improved to No. 9, according to the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority.