Car Thieves Arrested For Using $ 27,000 From “Nintendo Game Boy”

The fake Game Boy device

A gang of British car thieves have been arrested after being caught using a device disguised as a Nintendo Game Boy, designed to bypass modern car security systems.

As the BBC reports, the device, valued at approximately £ 20,000 ($ 27,000), is able to Not only pass a car’s security system, but also start the engine. this allows thieves to quickly leave with the stolen vehicle.

In this case, the device was hidden in a fake Game Boy case. Specifically, the kind of fake Supreme case that is incredibly popular on sites like Wish and Taobao, and that you often find shipped with 400 bootleg games crammed into its on-board memory.

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These thieves were arrested after stealing a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, when they were caught on CCTV, allowing local police to identify them. Once captured (while driving one of their own cars, not a steal), officers not only found the “Game Boy” hidden in a “secret compartment” of the car, but also footage on it. ‘one of the thieves’ phones showing the device in action, along with commentary.

West Yorkshire Police Detective Inspector Vicky Vessey told the BBC, “The utter contempt they had for the victims, whose hard-earned vehicles were swept away in seconds, is quite evident from the flippant tone heard on the video footage we retrieved from one of their phones. “

While a device like this looks like something out of a video game, allowing thieves to simply walk over to any car and steal it, each of them must be highly tailored to match. security and coding of a particular vehicle; in this case, thieves could only steal Mitsubishi Outlanders.

The three arrested men are Dylan Armer, Christopher Bowes and Thomas Poulson. Armer was sentenced to 30 months in jail, while Bowes and Poulson were given a 22-month suspended prison sentence.

This BBC video shows the device in action and how fast it can be used to access a car.

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