Remote jammer thieves target luxury cars

A YOUNG man has been arrested for allegedly using a car remote control jammer to block locking instructions, allowing him to steal cash and valuables from unwitting motorists. The suspect, Zhang Liang, 21, told police that he targeted luxury vehicles because their owners often leave a large amount of cash in the car. Zhang's alleged accomplice, Chang Weigang, is still at large. Police have reminded motorists to always check their car door is locked after using the remote control. Zhang, a Sichuan Province native, came to the city's Fengxian District a few years ago. He has been jailed three times for blackmail and theft. He learned from a friend, nicknamed "Bajin," in March that a car remote control jammer would block the locking instruction given by the car remote control. Usually, car owners, thinking the door had been locked, would leave without checking. Zhang spent 700 yuan (US$108) buying a jammer. He chose a car at random for a test before stealing. When the car owner pressed the remote control, Zhang activated the jammer from 100 meters away. After the driver left, Zhang tried to open the door and succeeded, police said. Zhang then asked Chang to keep lookout for car owners while he robbed their vehicles. They saw a BMW park at a restaurant in Fengxian District on April 9. When the car owner got out and tried to lock the car, Zhang activated the jammer. They allegedly stole a gas card loaded with 2,000 yuan, 28,000 yuan of cash, a digital camera, a cellphone and a bag worth 8,000 yuan. The duo stole items from another two cars in this manner in the following days, police said. But after he robbed a Mercedes on April 12 and was leaving, Zhang was caught - with the jammer in his hand - by police. An investigation by Shanghai Daily found car remote control jammers are available on the Internet. Prices ranged from 600 yuan to 2,000 yuan. Sellers claimed that the jammers can block locking signals as long as they are used in the effective distance, usually 100 to 200 meters.


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