- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say thieves smashed into cars and stole air bags from about 20 cars over the weekend in the city’s Queen Village section.

It’s among the latest in a rash of more than 30 air bag thefts in the city this year, including five early Monday in Rhawnhurst.

In the Queen Village case, police say thieves broke driver’s side windows and swiped air bags from 17 Hondas and 3 Acuras parked on five different streets.

Police say the thieves are likely selling the devices on the black market.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says black market air bags can sell for $50-$200, while new air bags from a dealer or repair shop can cost $1,000 or more.

Police say repairs to targeted vehicles can cost thousands of dollars.

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