Sharen Wilson, the Tarrant County District Attorney, stated Tuesday that she is forming a multi-agency task force to combat auto theft.
A recent rise of cases forced the county to commit a prosecutor to the task team, according to officials.
"We identify groups based on how they steal cars," Susan explained. "We can very much relate them to what group they belong to or where they learned how to steal these vehicles."
Officials showed members of the media a mound of pieces left over after a recent chop job on three automobiles.
"They hit new and used automobile dealers, as well as neighborhoods," Sudan stated.
They also displayed several stolen automobiles, including a $75,000 Mercedes-Benz SUV. When the deal got discovered, the thieves sold it to an unsuspecting customer, but it got confiscated.
"As a result of more and more new vehicles get stolen, and fewer older vehicles get taken, the economic loss has increased considerably," Sudan stated.
The sharp increase in auto theft reveals advanced methods, such as electronic hacking and increased coordination.
"You must have a key fob, as the majority of them are pushbutton. You must possess the fob or be able to imitate the key fob, "Sudan stated in his case.
Zane Reid, a newly determined prosecutor, is now focused on bringing vehicle thieves to punishment.
That's where this task force's inquiry can concentrate, and then forwarding those instances to an individual defendant can get some of the uniformity we have to discuss things that have become more complex," Reid explained.