Prince George's County teen uses USB charger to steal car, police say

A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged for stealing a car using a USB charging cord, according to Prince George's County police.

PGPD observed a car recently reported stolen out of D.C. on Tuesday and stopped the white Kia Optima in the 8000 block of Woodyard Road in Clinton.

Three juveniles were inside – the male driver and two female passengers. The passengers were released to their parents on the scene. 

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The 17-year-old driver from Landover was taken into custody. He was charged with theft ($1,500 to under $25,000), unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, unauthorized removal of a motor vehicle and several other charges and later released to a guardian.

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A USB charging cord was located on the driver’s side floorboard which detectives believe was used to start the stolen car. This method of using a USB cord to steal certain Kias and Hyundais is a trend that’s been shared on social media nationwide.

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In order to help prevent vehicle theft, PGPD encourages residents to remove charger cords from their vehicles or at least hide them. Also, consider purchasing a brake pedal club, alarm or other theft prevent device.

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are urged to contact detectives at 301-516-3788.