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‘Pair jammed car auto lock in theft’

TWO men have been charged with stealing from a Mercedes after jamming its auto lock signal, Songjiang District Prosecutors’ Office has said

The duo, surnamed Gong and Chang, were spotted acting suspiciously by a police patrol in a shopping plaza car park in Songjiang District in February, said prosecutors.

One of the men was seen to open the door of a gray Mercedes-Benz shortly after its owner left and rummage around in the car and its trunk for valuables before meeting his accomplice with the stolen goods, according to prosecutors.

Police officers held the pair at the scene and informed the car owner, surnamed Ji, about the theft.

Ji discovered that 2,300-yuan cash and a Prada perfume were missing, but was puzzled as to how thieves had got into the car after she had locked it using her key fob remote locking device.

According to police, the men used a device they bought online that jammed signals sent by a car owner’s remote locking system, leaving car doors unlocked.

Gong is said to have told police that when Ji used her fob to lock the car doors, he was waiting nearby with the jammer to block the signal and steal items after she left. Chang was posted as lookout.

The pair are said to have told police that they had failed to find a job in Shanghai after leaving their homes in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region so decided to buy the car lock jammer.

According to police, Gong and Chang confessed to committing five car thefts using the jammer.

Prosecutors advised car owners to make sure that their car doors are locked after they lock them using remote devices.


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