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Thu Aug 4, 2016, 10:47 PM

Houston Police Believe More Than 100 Cars Stolen by High-Tech Thieves

Source: ABC News

Houston Police Believe More Than 100 Cars Stolen by High-Tech Thieves

By JULIA JACOBO - Aug 4, 2016, 10:40 PM ET

A pair of alleged thieves pulled off a high-tech plot to steal more than 100 Fiat Chrysler vehicles and send them to Mexico from Texas, police said, and the company believes the suspects reprogrammed key fobs with the help of employees at dealerships and repair facilities.

The suspects, 24-year-old Michael Armando Arce and 22-year-old Jesse Irvin Zelaya were arrested for allegedly stealing Jeep Wranglers, Cherokees and Dodge pickup trucks and transporting them across the U.S.-Mexico border. Police say the alleged scheme was usually conducted overnight, with owners not learning of the thefts until sometime the next day.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesman Berj Alexanian told ABC News that employees at Fiat Chrysler dealerships, independent repair facilities and locksmiths have access to databases that list the key codes that pair wireless key fobs with the vehicles they open and start.

The automaker believes the suspects were able to buy usernames and passwords from employees of those facilities, giving them access to the keycode databases.

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