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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…

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 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…

How to prevent car break-ins: Turn off your Bluetooth

Those apps that scan for devices using Bluetooth could sound great. The AirPods have fallen out of the ear and they're somewhere in the house. Whip open the app to find them. Or that lost phone, missing tablet or even camera. All good, right?   But you're not the only one using them – and that's not good. "A new phenomenon has made its way to car theft," the Folsom California Police Department noted on…

Five arrested in multi-state car theft ring in Madison; dozens of fake credit cards found

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Five people have been arrested in a multi-state car theft ring. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 55 on Tuesday, January 21. The officer noticed that the tag appeared to be switched on the truck and later confirmed that it was stolen from Carmel, Indiana. While investigating, the officer found an embossing machine that was being used to make fake credit cards. The cards were imprinted with names and…

Identity thief who stole from hundreds of victims caught in raid, sheriff’s office says Read more h

A four-month identity theft investigation led to an arrest of a man at his southeast Fresno home on Friday. Authorities found fake identifications, at least two stolen cars, printers, computers, stolen credit cards and driver’s licenses when they raided the home on Kerckhoff Avenue near Tulare and Chestnut avenues, Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. “Detectives will have to go through evidence and make sense…

California law loophole leads to car theft crisis that leaves tourists in the crosshairs

Car thefts have become a part of life for out-of-state tourists in California because of a loophole in state law that leaves many break-ins unpunished. Law enforcement is stymied by a state law that says it only counts as a felony burglary if the car doors were locked, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “It’s ridiculous that under current law you can have a video of someone bashing out a car window, but if you…

‘A switcheroo with the keys’: B.C. man warns about emerging trend in car theft

A Surrey, B.C. father is warning private vehicle sellers about a trick he suspects two would-be buyers used, after he discovered his car had been stolen hours after a test drive. Kyle Pruden listed his 2005 Chevy Cobalt for sale on Craigslist in early December, hoping to raise some extra cash to give his seven-year-old son Marcus, who lives with autism and a bone condition, a great Christmas. “My son is having surgery in early January…

From car keys to perfectly keyless. Over 100 years of Bosch car locking technology

Did the first motor carriages actually have locks? How did motorists in the last century prevent their vehicles from being stolen? It’s a long story. It tells of how theft protection first became necessary when people who were previously unfamiliar with cars learned how to start them in the first place. It also illustrates that people could only safely leave their valuables in the car when it had lockable doors, windows, and a roof. Even…