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Resource ID: #21230
Subject: Automobiles
Source: NBC News Dateline
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Date: May 7

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This hidden-camera investigation uncovered many secrets and surprises in the auto theft world. Dateline teamed up with auto theft detectives and put a hidden camera inside a "bait car" so they were able to see everything that happens once a car is stolen. Not only did Dateline and the detectives bring down the auto theft ring, but they also came across other crimes at the same time. This investigation also found that theft rings find car owners who are behind on their payments, and convince them to make it seem like their car was stolen in order to cash in on their insurance. Dateline also found that these thefts occur in broad daylight, and that the stolen cars are often used to commit other crimes before they are taken apart and sold for parts.

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