Police Issue Warning Over Thefts Increasing 1,285% For Chevy Camaro. Criminals Using New Method

Los Angeles police warned Thursday that suspects are using a new method that has caused a 1,285% spike in the theft of Chevrolet Camaro, according to a statement.

“[K]ey clone devices have been utilized in many newer model Camaro thefts,” the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in the statement. “These devices are about the size of a cell phone and area programming tool that picks up the signal of a key fob nearby which the device then clones.”

The Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) belonging to LAPD’s Newton Community Police Station arrested a juvenile allegedly in possession of such a device, the statement noted.

“This young person was stealing the Camaros and taking them to street takeovers and then selling them for $2,000 or $3,000 on social media,” Newton Division Capt. Keith Green told the Los Angeles Times. “A 16-year-old was capable of stealing high-end cars.”

The police spotted the suspect and another teenager fleeing a Camaro they had abandoned and arrested them, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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