Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department have released a surprising new video which shows someone stealing a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with little more than a laptop.
According to the two organizations, the theft occurred on April 20th on the 1900 block of Elmen Street in Houston, Texas. At approximately 12:45 a.m., a suspect approaches the vehicle and opens the hood to possibly disable the audible alarm. The unidentified suspect then lowers the hood and walks away.
A few minutes later, a male approaches the vehicle and opens the driver’s side door. He then uses a laptop or some other "electronic device" to disable the alarm’s flashing lights and start the vehicle.
The theft took about 12 minutes and the two suspects still haven't been appended. Police are hoping the release of surveillance footage will lead to their capture and Crime Stoppers is offering to pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspects in this case.
Car thefts have declined in the Unites States over the past several years but they are still rampant in California. The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends owners park in well-lit areas, keep windows closed, and make sure the vehicle is locked. The agency also recommends having an alarm, an immobilizing device, and a tracking unit or telematics service such as OnStar.
Source: Youtube via CNET