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Atlanta car theft suspect arrested for 27th time, cops say

CRIME  April 18, 2020 By  Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The suspected leader of a metro Atlanta auto theft ring is back behind bars after getting arrested for the 27th time, police said. Willie James Banks was arrested Thursday by the Atlanta Police Department’s Auto Crimes Enforcement Unit, authorities said in a news release. Officers spotted his 2010 Chevrolet Malibu while patrolling in northwest…

Popular Ford and VW cars found to have ‘serious security flaws’ with their connected systems putting personal data and safety at risk

The latest cars from best-selling brands Ford and Volkswagen are worryingly susceptible to being hacked, according to a report from a consumer group.  Examples of the current Ford Focus family hatchback and Volkswagen Polo supermini, with connected technology built in were found to have 'serious security flaws' that could be breached. This could allow criminals to take control while they're being driven and access to owners…

Car theft warning from Tracker

Company car drivers and fleets are being warned by Tracker to be wary of opportunistic criminals looking to steal cars to fill a replacement parts gap caused by COVID-19. The stolen vehicle recovery company says that police across the country are already fighting an increase in ‘chop shops’ – where stolen vehicles are stripped down and expensive parts sold on. But, it argues, the lack of legitimate parts could increase their…

Reduced traffic leads to discovery of stolen vehicle, police claim

CHICO — Police believe the reduced traffic in downtown Chico helped them locate a stolen vehicle and its driver. Due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order and lack of bar activity, police say vehicle traffic in the downtown area is nearly non-existent in the early morning hours. At approximately 11:54 p.m. Saturday, an officer observed a green Honda Civic traveling eastbound on W. 9th Street and paid particular attention as it…

California Department of Insurance Has Man Extradited from Poland in $2.6M Fraud Ring

California Department of Insurance detectives took Yeghishe Msryan, 67, into custody after he was arrested in Poland and extradited back to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service for his alleged involvement in an organized fraud ring in which he and co-conspirators submitted 50 fraudulent auto loans to receive an unearned $2.6 million in loan payments. Msryan is awaiting arraignment and bail is set at $1.9 million. Two co-conspirators, Peter…

8 Mid-South auto dealerships hit by car theft ring

March 31, 2020 at 6:53 PM CDT - Updated March 31 at 6:53 PM MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Car dealers across the city are on high alert after several dealerships were hit by an auto theft ring. According to the Greater Memphis Auto Dealers Association, or GMADA, eight dealerships in the Memphis metro area have been hit in the last 10 days. In addition to a number of vehicles being stolen, the thieves have caused “tens of thousands of…

Stolen SUV in California found hauling 192 rolls of toilet paper amid coronavirus outbreak, police s

Police in California took a wipe out of crime Tuesday after pulling over a stolen SUV and finding 192 rolls of toilet paper -- a sought-after commodity as people hoard supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Beverly Hills police posted a photo of officers searching the white SUV on social media. Two boxes stuffed with rolls of toilet paper are pictured outside the vehicle. “Gives ‘They saw me rollin’...’ a whole new…

Hackers under the hood

New vehicles are packed with so much ICT that they are effectively ’data centres on wheels. They run millions of lines of onboard software: from advance driver assistance systems and engine sensors, to satnav and infotainment. Connected cars also process large volumes of incoming-outgoing data that flows through computerised componentry to ensure they arrive safely and efficiently at journey’s end. Such ‘smart’…

New cars including latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts as manufacturers are slammed for being slow to respond to the threat

New cars including the latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts, according to a new report. The study by Thatcham Research assessed the security features of 13 new cars and found that some were still coming to market with vulnerabilities. Manufacturers have been criticised for being slow to respond to the threat of relay attacks by thieves which has been blamed for a spike in car thefts in recent years,…

Internal HPD memo shows auto theft crimes increased 20% in January

HOUSTON – An internal Houston Police Department memo highlighting points from a monthly crime report shows auto theft crimes went up in the city in the first month of the year, some by dramatic rates. According to the memo, which was obtained by KPRC 2 and written by Commander Dana Hitzman of the auto theft division, all auto theft crimes increased by “approximately 20%.” Houston police characterize the numbers in the…