Car Hackers Reportedly Steal 30 Vehicles Before Being Caught by Video — Here’s the Clip of the Felony Auto Theft in Progress

Aug 8, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Two men suspected of stealing about 30 vehicles by hacking into their software systems were arrested Friday in Houston, Autoweek reports. Michael Arcee and Jesse Zelay allegedly used a laptop to gain access to the systems on Jeep vehicles, enabling them to start the vehicles.

“Sources say the thieves are either using OBD II or USB to tap into the UConnect infotainment system,” the story reports.

A surveillance video, which you can see below, led authorities to the two suspects.

“Officers then began to follow the pair, eventually catching them in the act,” Autoweek reports. “The individuals in question have been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, but Arcee was also indicted as a felon in possession of a weapon, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.”

Jim Woods, an officer with Houston PD, said: “There’s a possibility they may not be the only ones that are doing this, but right now we feel if they are the only ones that are doing this, with this arrest we hope we will be able to curb the amount of thefts occurring.”

Houston authorities posted this clip of a Jeep Wrangler being stolen …

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