Tierrasanta thief using mystery device, opens locked car door

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 22:03:10-04

TIERRASANTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Surveillance video captures a thief with a mystery device, on the prowl in a Tierrasanta neighborhood.

Kurt Cecconi, who lives on Camino Playa Norte, woke up Tuesday and found his 2007 Toyota Camry ransacked. Nothing was taken, but he was "unnerved" when he took a look at what his cameras recorded.

In the video, you can see the thief walk right to the passenger door just before 3 a.m. and pause for a split second, before opening the door, and going through the car for 10 minutes.

What's so unnerving? 

Cecconi knows the door was locked because when the FOB is taken a certain distance from the car, the doors automatically lock.

For years, similar mystery devices have baffled law enforcement and the insurance industry.

Recently, the watchdog group National Insurance Crime Bureau obtained a device and tested it. 

The group revealed it worked more than 50 percent of the time by somehow amplifying, and capturing signals from a nearby key fob before using the signal to open doors and start cars.