NY AG, NYPD take down Bronx auto theft ring accused of stealing hundreds of cars

Attorney General Letitia James and the NYPD say they have taken down an auto theft ring that involved the thefts of hundreds of cars.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2021, 9:24 PM

Updated 1,024 days ago

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Attorney General Letitia James and the NYPD say they have taken down an auto theft ring that involved the thefts of hundreds of cars.
News 12 is told 10 individuals were involved, including eight from the Bronx. 
These individuals have allegedly stolen and resold more than 335 vehicles throughout New York City and Westchester since 2019. 
The attorney general says that they allegedly scoped out cars to steal, hacked the vehicles’ security systems, created new keys and got away without a trace. 
The investigation has been dubbed “Operation Master Key.” 
The group’s efforts ramped up during the pandemic as more people stayed home, authorities say.
News 12 is told that the members stole more than 45 cars in six months, transporting them to various parking lots in the Bronx. 
The vehicles were then put up for sale across the United States and the Dominican Republic.
The defendants have been charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, conspiracy, and more. 


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