These car models have become prime targets for thieves in South Florida
Pembroke Pines, Florida. Auto thieves across South Florida have focused on a specific subset of the high-performance models that are popular with enthusiasts.
their goals? All American muscle. Specifically, the Dodge Charger, Challenger Hellcat and Scatback models.
The motors alone are worth big bucks on the black market.
“It’s very frustrating,” Emma Archer said.
Archer, of Pembroke Pines, recently drove out for the night and came back to find her brother’s 2020 Scat Pack charger had disappeared from her driveway and found someone had tampered with her home security camera.
“The camera was actually facing up, so they physically moved the camera and then we didn’t have any shots,” she said.
Pembroke Pines police have been tracking this specific type of crime. In some cases, they said, scammers use software to imitate keychain, login and drive.
“We’re seeing a trend,” Pembroke Pines Police Detective Yalili Nader said. “The thieves actually broke a window, got into the car, and disable the GPS tracking system that came with the car.”
10 local news covered case by case in Pembroke Pines. In 2021, Thieves stole With a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. crooks also target Dodge models in Hialeah and North Miami.
“People need to be more vigilant, careful, turn on their cameras and check in,” Nader said.
In Archer’s case, a nearby camera was able to capture the theft. Her family is adding high-tech home security and more devices to their cars and hopes someone will spot the stolen 20-inch gray-black rim and Miami Heat license plate.
Archer said that in her brother’s case, the GPS had been stripped off and he was squeezed into Miami Beach, just south of where it was actually taken. Until noon on Monday, he was appearing in the middle of the water.
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