A car theft ring was using Fiat Chrysler’s internal DealerCONNECT software to steal cars in the Houston, Tex., area. Now, FCA has issued a warning to all that use the software that there will be consequences for those that provide “key codes, radio codes and other anti-theft or security measures” to outsiders, Automotive News reports.
Jeep Wranglers and Grand Cherokees, along with Ram pickups, were the primary targets of the theft ring. The hot SUVs and trucks would then be “transported across the U.S. Mexico border, usually in the overnight hours before vehicle owners were aware they had been stolen,” according to Houston PD. The investigation into the theft ring began in April. An FCA spokesman told the Houston Chronicle that the thieves obtained key fob codes after entering the vehicle identification number into an FCA database. Once that was done, suspects could program the system to allow a generic key fob to be used and drive away.
Houston PD says that the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are likely. A spokesman for the department said that investigators believe only FCA products are being targeted.
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Internal FCA Software Was Used to Steal 100 Cars in Houston