Baltimore Teens Pair Their Devices to Stolen Jeep’s UConnect System, Get Caught

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A walk in the park won’t just get you a badly needed breath of fresh air, it will also demonstrate that the youth of today is completely technology dependent beyond any hope of recovery.
A walk in the park is like going through a horde of zombies, most people having their heads buried deep into a mobile device, probably only sticking to the paved areas thanks to a GPS navigation system or by having the camera switched on. OK, maybe it’s not that bad, but you get where I’m coming from.

Turns out that this addiction isn’t bad just for their health or their social skills, but can be very harmful to their relationship with the law as well. Three Baltimore teenagers found that out the hard way after they took a Jeep Renegade that wasn’t theirs for a ride.

The whole debacle took place last year, on November 22, when this group of youngsters broke into a house and stole a bicycle, while also happening to stumble upon the keys to a Jeep Renegade. Not being very clear on what constitutes an accepted behavior, the three decided to take the car for a spin, and so they did. A few days later, they abandoned the vehicle in a fairly good state after the gas in the tank was spent.

The owner of the house they broke into and the car they stole is known on Twitter as @BaconIsFruit and works as a system administrator. He had a Nest camera installed in his house, so he could watch the three as they rampaged around looking for something worth their time. He took the footage to the police who, a couple of weeks later, identified one of juvenile offenders with help from a school police officer, but after he was apprehended, the teen refused to give up the identity of the other two.

The story took a new twist after BaconIsFruit (nice nickname, by the way, even though we can’t say that we agree) got his car back from the shop. Apparently, the three thieves weren’t happy with just listening to the radio, so they paired their phones to the vehicle’s UConnect system. They just couldn’t help themselves.

With the owner working in the cyber-security field, he began searching online for clues with the help of his colleagues. Soon enough, the name of one of the phones was found to match a profile on Instagram belonging to a Baltimore teen, and one of the contacts in his list matched another one of the three phones. Bingo.

ArsTechnica says that the police have jumped in on the line and are now following these two new leads, so it’s safe to say you wouldn’t want to be in those kids’ shoes. Because, you know, not everybody loves a pair of Converse boots.
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