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Texas Men Used Laptop to Reprogram, Steal More Than 100 Cars

Two men jailed in Houston, Texas, and accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime. Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, focused …

Chicago Car Thief Stuck in Garage

Chicago police say a man who allegedly tried to steal a woman’s car got a big surprise when she handed over the keys – then shut him inside her garage. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 21-year-old Andre Bacon is charged …

Classic Cars Missing From Oklahoma Car Lot

Tulsa, Okla., police are looking for a couple of high-profile classic cars that were stolen from a business. The cars disappeared over the weekend and are worth more than $100,000. Missing is a 1957 two-door, white and turquoise Chevrolet convertible …

Louisiana Couple Arrested for Thefts Totaling $165,000

Louisiana State Police have arrested a Lake Charles couple for stealing $165,000 worth of cars, trailers and farm equipment in Louisiana and Texas. Troopers tell the American Press 49-year-old Katherine Larocca and 51-year-old Ronnie Larocca were arrested Tuesday after a …

Survey Reveals Britain Motorists Fear Car Crime

Britain’s motorists are living in fear of having their car stolen or broken into according to a new poll, even though car crime numbers have fallen over the years. Admiral, a provider of motor insurance in the UK, commissioned YouGov …

Oregon Man Gets 27 Years for Running Chop Shop

A Eugene man will spend more than 27 years in prison after being convicted of running a car theft ring in the woods outside rural Cheshire. The sentence Friday in Lane County Circuit Court is even longer than the 20 …

Hartford’s Stiefel Named IASIU’s 2011 Investigator of the Year

Breaking open a massive international car-theft ring has earned Pamela Stiefel, a San Antonio-based investigator with The Hartford, the Investigator of the Year Award from the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU). A single suspicious claim of a stolen …

Calif., Wash. Lead Nation in Car Thefts

While car thefts nationwide have declined, the western states have the uneviable distinction of having the most car thefts in the nation. According to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the top 10 spots for car thefts …