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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…

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’…

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…

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…

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…