Officials believe the thief linked a new key fob to the car.
A home-security camera has recorded disturbing footage of a thief using a laptop to steal a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
The incident took place recently in Houston, Texas, right in the owner's driveway. The video clearly shows the thief getting in the Wrangler and spending several minutes on a laptop. The SUV eventually starts, and the thief speeds off.
Police officers don't know how the thief started the Wrangler using only a laptop. However, a spokesperson for Jeep parent company Fiat-Chrysler explained that he might be relying on "dealer tools to marry another key fob to the car." If that's the case, the thief simply had to enter the Wrangler's vehicle identification number (VIN) into a website, and wait until he received the code needed to link a new key fob to the car. Once the key fob is programmed, the thief can easily start the Wrangler.
It's worth noting that the theft isn't an isolated incident. At least four other late-model Wrangler and Cherokees have been stolen with the help of a laptop, according to the Wall Street Journal. The vehicles haven't been found yet. The Houston police department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the thief's arrest.
Fiat-Chrysler has faced issues with hacking before. Last year, it had to recall about 1.4 million cars to fix a software bug in the Uconnect infotainment system that allowed researchers to remotely hack into a Cherokee and crash it into a ditch.