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Car thieves use £20,000 gadget that looks like Nintendo GAMEBOY

Thieves use £20,000 gadget that looks like Nintendo GAMEBOY to go on car stealing spree but are caught after videoing one theft on mobile phone

  • Dylan Armer, Thomas Poulson and Christopher Bowes stole cars in Leeds
  • Targeted five Mitsubishi Outlanders without having to burgle homes for keys 
  • CCTV footage shows two men unplug electric car and within seconds drive away

A gang of car thieves used a £20,000 gadget that looks like a Nintendo Gameboy to steal a series of cars – but were caught after they filmed on of the thefts. 

Dylan Armer, Thomas Poulson and Christopher Bowes used a high-tech device that looked like the popular 90s handheld gaming console to fool keyless cars into opening.  

The Leeds-based gang targeted five Mitsubishi Outlanders using the £20,000 gadget without having to burgle the homes of the car owners for the keys.

CCTV footage released by West Yorkshire Police shows two hooded men unplug an electric car and within seconds drive away using the device. 

Police recovered the gizmo from the suspects’ vehicle and video footage of how it was used in Poulson’s phone.

A gang of car thieves used a £20,000 gadget (pictured) that looks like a Nintendo Gameboy to steal a series of cars in Leeds – but were caught after they filmed on of the thefts

The Leeds-based gang targeted five Mitsubishi Outlanders using the £20,000 gadget without having to burgle the homes of the car owners for the keys. CCTV footage released by West Yorkshire Police shows two hooded men unplug an electric car and within seconds drive away using the device 

Armer, Poulson and Bowes were arrested on July 20 after stealing one Mitsubishi from a driveway.

Police were called into reports of car theft and a description of their vehicle was given.

A detailed investigation of the CCTV and mobile phone data by the Leeds District Crime Team linked the three men to the crime. 

Armer and Poulson pleaded guilty to the whole conspiracy while Bowes pleaded guilty to only being the driver for the two of the offences.

All three men were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

Armer, 29, of Scarborough was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, with a concurrent 18-month term for separate burglary matters.

Dylan Armer (pictured), Thomas Poulson and Christopher Bowes used a high-tech device that looked like the popular 90s handheld gaming console to fool keyless cars into opening

Poulson, 31, of Wakefield and Bowes, 33 of Clifford, were each given 22-month sentences, suspended for two years.

Det Insp Vicky Vessey, of the Leeds District Crime Team, said: ‘The utter disregard they had for the victims, whose hard-earned vehicles were whisked away in seconds, is totally apparent from the flippant tone heard on the video footage we recovered from one of their phones.’

‘They were brought to justice as a result of a thorough investigation that built up a clear evidential trail linking them to the offences.

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