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3 Dodge pickup trucks stolen in 3-hour span in Port Hope: police

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Dodge pickup trucks targeted in string of thefts in Port Hope and beyond
Police around the region are sounding the alarm over an uptick in vehicle thefts. And one thing they have in common-the thieves are using radio frequencies to activate your remote starter. Tricia Mason has more. – Nov 28, 2022

Police are investigating a string of vehicle thefts early Friday in the Municipality of Port Hope, Ont.

According to the Port Hope Police Service, three pickup trucks were reported stolen over a three-hour span between 4:15 a.m. and 7:35 a.m.

Read more: Police in Lindsay probe string of vehicle thefts involving pickup trucks, SUV

The vehicles stolen are 2022 models of Dodge Rebel 1500 and Dodge Ram Longhorn and a 2021 Dodge Ram.

Police early Friday responded to a call of a suspicious man walking around a vehicle in a driveway and up to the front door of a residence with what police believe is a “sophisticated” scanning device contained in a backpack.

Investigators believe the suspect used the device to read vehicle fobs located within the victim’s residence to then steal the vehicle.

More than one suspect is believed to be involved in the thefts.

Read more: Here’s a look at the 10 most commonly stolen vehicles in Ontario

Police are advising the public to keep any key fobs (including spare fobs) away from exterior walls or entry doors to their homes.

On Facebook, Trish Harden in Port Hope shared this surveillance video of two suspects with one attempting to use the device outside their home on Klein St.  She noted that only two weeks ago they relocated her truck’s keys.

“We were out the door within 30 seconds thanks to the alert from our camera but they were gone,” she said.

Anyone with information on the thefts or any surveillance footage is asked to call the Det. Sgt. Dan Linker at 905-885-8123 ext. 243 or email [email protected] or contact Det. Const. Steve Fenton at 905-885-8123 ext. 236 or email [email protected]

Police in Lindsay earlier this week reported the theft of six newer-model vehicles, several being Dodge Ram pickup trucks. An arrest was made in Quebec in one of the vehicle thefts.

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