2 Crooks Arrested for Stealing over 100 Dodge and Jeep Cars Using Only a Laptop
Security Update : Houston police arrested two crooks under accusations of stealing over 100 Dodge and Jeep SUVs via high-tech methods that involved using a laptop to break into the car’s software and hijack its controls.
For over a year, Houston police received complaints about cars mysteriously disappearing while their owners left them parked at home or in public places.
Most of these models were Dodge and Jeep SUVs, which were later spotted crossing the border into Mexico.
For months, police investigators could not explain how crooks were stealing these cars without triggering alarms or damaging the vehicles.
They received their first clues in April when one car owner’s home video system captured the crooks in action, approaching the car using a laptop, opening the doors, getting inside the car, and using the laptop to start the vehicle and make their getaway.
On August 4, the Houston Police Department announced the arrest of Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, for the thef… (read more)