Courtney Fischer and Mayra Moreno

It only took 6 minutes for high-tech thieves to steal Jeeps and Dodge cars, according to HPD. The department announced Thursday that it had caught two men who were behind that massive plot.

The two men apparently used a laptop and pirated software to start the vehicles and take off. HPD said the vehicles made it into Mexico.

It was in the middle of the day when Mike Hammette realized his Jeep was gone.

“(I) parked it around 1:30pm and walked out at 4,” said Hammette. “My pride and joy was stolen.”

That was the same story HPD heard over and over from several Jeep owners in the Houston area. Police were aware Jeep and Dodge vehicles were being stolen for months, but they just didn’t know how and who until home surveillance video surfaced from one victim.

“In that video, you see a guy walk up to the car carrying a laptop computer,” said Jim Woods with HPD. “(He) uses the laptop and — within 6 minutes — starts the Jeep, backs up the Jeep out of driveway.”