TikTok Car Theft Challenge Leads To Teenagers’ Arrests In Howard Co.

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HOWARD COUNTY, MD — A TikTok challenge prompting teenagers nationwide to steal Hyundai and Kia vehicles has led to the arrest of several teenagers in the area including a 15-year-old in Howard County.

“They have a vulnerability that makes it very easy to start without a key, without anything,” Seth Hoffman of the Howard County Police Department told WMAR. “All you have to do is pop the ignition and 30 seconds later you’re on the road.”

The challenge directs teens to steal a car off the street by breaking into the car, removing the steering wheel column and then hot wiring the vehicle using a USB cable, according to CNBC.

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A pair of teens from Savage, including one who is 15, has been linked to the car theft social media challenge on TikTok. The vehicles being targeted include all Kia models ranging from 2011 to 2021 and Hyundais from 2015 to 2021.

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