Thieves Use Laptop to Reprogram, Steal Cars

Houston police say they've arrested two men who used a laptop computer and a generic electronic key to steal more than 100 cars and trucks that likely wound up in Mexico where they attracted big money on the black market.

Authorities say the men, 24-year-old Michael Arce and 22-year-old Jesse Zelaya, focused on new Jeep and Dodge vehicles typically not available to buyers in Mexico, used pirated software on their computer to reprogram the electronic security on the targeted vehicle so their own key worked, and then drove off.

The two were arrested last weekend driving a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee. Police say the months-long investigation was aided by a home surveillance video showing someone with a laptop walking up to a parked Jeep and six minutes later driving away.

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