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Over 100 recent catalytic converter thefts puts sheriff’s office in high gear

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (02/13/2020) - Thieves are targeting parking lots across Genesee County. They're not looking for what's inside in this case. Instead, they're looking for what's underneath vehicles, which can cost drivers thousands of dollars. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the thieves are after metals inside of catalytic converters. Vehicles in parking lots, storage units and dealerships have been…

Police launch campaign to show how scooter theft enables other crimes

Thefts of scooters have become a perennial issue, particularly in London, in recent years for more than simply that crime, with assailants often going on to commit other crimes such burglaries and mobile phone snatches. As such, the Met Police is promoting its ‘Lock, Chain, Cover’ campaign with a new video that highlights the ‘Life of a Stolen Scooter’, showing it being thieved before it is used on a rampage of phone…

2 arrested for fraud, possibly in connection with northeast car theft ring

WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) - Two men are accused of trying to fraudulently buy a car from a dealership in Watertown and could be connected to a northeast car theft ring. Police identified the suspects as Willie Samuel Baldayaquez of New Haven and Ruben Martinez of Wethersfield. Officers were called to Honda of Watertown on Feb. 7 around 4 p.m. for a fraudulent purchase of a vehicle. They found the suspects as they were trying to leave in an…

Cops recover stolen cars, seek more victims in multi-state crime spree based in N.J.

Police on Thursday said investigators recovered five stolen cars, drugs, guns and arrested two men in a string of crimes spanning New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Leon Lowery, 42, of North Brunswick, and Ishawn Redd, 39, of West Orange, face several felony charges, the New Jersey State Police announced. The arrests came as part of a six-month investigation dubbed “Operation Hellcat,” where detectives probed a string of commercial…

Many DC Victims of Car Theft Use Same Carsharing App, AG Warns

A large number of people who had their car stolen in the District of Columbia this year turned out to be using the carsharing app Getaround to make extra money by renting their personal vehicles, Attorney General Karl Racine warned residents in a statement. Since the start of 2020, more than 200 auto thefts have been reported to authorities in D.C. And over 75 of the victims were Getaround users, according to Racine. In a consumer alert the…

International car theft gang crushed in Alicante, Spain

Spain: The National Police have dismantled an organisation who specialised in vehicle theft. They are alleged to have stolen 80 vehicles which were then modified for shipment to North Africa. A total of 20 have been arrested, eleven in Alicante and nine in France. The organization was made up of highly skilled members who acted in a structured and hierarchical way. There were people stealing cars, mechanics, drivers and administrative…

Hertz employee charged with grand theft auto for illegal rental scheme

He was supposed to be working for a rental car company at the airport. Instead, he was ripping the company off and giving his friends a cheap ride, according to police, who put the brakes on his scheme. Donald Poole officially worked for Hertz Rental Car, but he was apparently running his own, illegal side business that landed him in jail, charged with grand theft auto. “This was just a dirty employee that became the target of our…

New Report Shows Most Keyless Cars Easier to Steal Than Thought

Keyless ignitions are now standard in more than half of the 17 million cars sold annually, according to the New York Times. And you can see the appeal — turning your car on and off with the push of a button is slick. It also allows for quicker access to your vehicle should you end up alone in a parking lot at night. But a new report by Which? found that keyless cars are alarmingly easy to break into. Of the 237 models…

  • February 2, 2020

Hyundai joins CESAR

CESAR, the Construction Equipment Security & Registration Scheme, is promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA). Participating manufacturers, which include Cat, Case, Doosan, JCB, Kubota, Manitou and Merlo, tag their machines with Datatag ID technology so that if the machine goes missing or is stolen, its identity can be proven. Hyundai has now joined that list. Regional sales manager Tony Reeves said: “Our…

New Mexico Chop Shop Bill a Top NICB Priority

New Mexico’s auto theft problem is well-known. Since 2016, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has ranked, per capita, number one on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual Hot Spots vehicle theft report. And according to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, New Mexico’s 2018 auto theft rate per capita is around double that of Arizona and Texas, the two states that border both New Mexico and…