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Vehicle Break-Ins Target Specific Car

Chevorlet Trailblazers manufactured between 2000 and 2005 are the target and police say whoever's doing it, breaks in using a kind of universal remote.

"There's no forced entry on the vehicles. It seems to be using like a key fob, like they're programming their own," said Garrett Spriggs of the Paintsville Police Department.

Spriggs says the thief or thieves do it all in plain sight.

"They're waiting for a bunch of people to be around like at restaurants or school ball games or community activities."

This Madarin House parking lot, Johnson Central High School parking lot, and downtown Paintsville are the sites of the latest break-ins.
Like the type of the car, police say the items stolen are specific too.

"They haven't been stealing anything but purses and cash, that way there isn't trace evidence of them."

Spriggs says the technology needed to imitate the remote can be easy to find.

"They can purchase the stuff off of ebay, off the internet, the software to do it. it's easy to get ahold of."

A mechanic we spoke with who chose to remain anonymous says normally the technology is safe and GM products have a good anti-theft defense. But with all the resources available online, anything is possible.

"Well there's a wide open view of how far the after-market industry can go. They could possibly, may have a device that may transmit enough signals to where it may eventually send a correct signal to open a vehicle," said the mechanic.

Police say if you see any suspicious activity to call the police department immediately at 606-789-4221.


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