Jeep Wrangler Theft Ring Busted in San Diego

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Conover said San Diego County was hit with a rash of Jeep Wrangler thefts in the summer of 2014. SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Three alleged members of the Tijuana-based Hooligans motorcycle gang were in federal custody Tuesday in connection with a sophisticated scheme that resulted in the theft of more than 150 Jeep Wranglers in San Diego County since 2014. Then, during the theft, the Hooligans disabled the alarm system, programmed the duplicate key using a handheld electronic device, and quietly drove away without notice. Based on the surveillance footage, law enforcement agents sent Chrysler a list of about 20 Jeeps that had recently been stolen in San Diego County and asked whether anyone had requested duplicate keys for the stolen Jeeps. The defendants would obtain the vehicle identification number in advance and managed to obtain secret key codes, which allowed them to create a duplicate key for that particular Jeep.

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Jeep Wrangler Theft Ring Busted in San Diego

It is more clear than ever that better security measures are required as cars become more and more computerized. Every Jeep on the list had a key requested for it by someone other than the owner through a dealership in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hacking is the main fear, but large scale thefts of this type have now happened twice for FCA vehicles. ABC 10 News reports that three people have been arrested in connection with the thefts of more than 150 Jeep Wranglers in San Diego since 2014. The best computer security in the world does no good if there is a human is there to circumvent it.

Jeep Wrangler Theft Ring Busted in San Diego

Hooligan Gangsters Indicted In San Diego For Stealing Jeep Wranglers
The U.S. Attorney’s office says nine men have been indicted as part of a car theft ring, which stole 150 Jeep Wranglers in the San Diego region. The U.S. Attorney’s office says three members of the Hooligans, who call themselves a “bikers” club, have been arrested and six are still at large. Many of the thefts occurred in the summer of 2014, according to the U.S Attorney’s office. Donald Goodbrand, who oversees San Diego’s Regional Auto Theft Taskforce, known as RAT, said the stolen Jeeps were moved to Mexico. Authorities say the suspects took pictures of the cars’ VIN numbers to access data and create duplicate keys.

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