Luxury Car-Theft Ring Did Things the Easy, High-Tech Way

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Police in New York arrested sixteen people on Wednesday, and are searching for another two, in a high-end car theft ring they said was responsible for boosting 311 cars worth some $15.5 million. As befitting a gang that stole Bentleys and Porsches, the thieves preferred to simply lift a set of keys or slide behind the wheel of an idling car, rather than smashing up windows. "At their most innovative, the thieves would steal one of a pair of identical keys from a car rental company and place a GPS device in the matching car, the police said. Then they would wait for the car to be rented and track it down." Law and Order writers, are you taking notes?