Car Thefts Prince George's County, which had more car thefts last year than the rest of the state combined, has recorded a 4 percent decrease in such crimes compared with this time last year, police said yesterday. So far this year, 10,569 cars have been stolen, compared with 10,913 last year.

Police said a high number of Dodges and Chryslers have been stolen this year. The most frequently stolen Dodge models are the Neon, Intrepid, Stratus and Caravan. The most commonly stolen Chryslers are the Sebring and Town & Country.

Police said people should always lock their cars; never leave them unattended while the engine is running; and use a steering-wheel lock, alarm and vehicle recovery tracking system, if possible. Additionally, they advise that car owners never leave valuables in a vehicle, especially in sight.

Identity Theft A baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Airport has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme that netted more than $7 million.

Kehinde Oladapo, 48, of Lanham asked the court yesterday for leniency. The judge agreed with a defense claim that Oladapo was a small player in the operation but said that Oladapo was involved in a serious offense.

The sentence includes a $7 million restitution order and five years' supervised release after the prison time is served. Prosecutors say Oladapo stole mail containing checks and credit cards and forwarded it to co-conspirators in New York.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.