The police were able to recover Richard’s beloved bat. “Of all of the items that were stolen, I’m very grateful the bat was found,” said Richard. “To me, it was much more than a piece of memorabilia; it represented fond memories of my father and is truly irreplaceable.”
They also located the Volvo, but it had been torched and totaled. The Volvo was equipped with a push-to-start ignition system, which requires a smart key fob for the vehicle to be driven. However, both key fobs remained in the home after the theft. Police believe the burglary was the work of a car theft ring responsible for several similar incidents in the area. The thieves were using a hacking technique known as a relay attack to intercept and manipulate the communication between the key fob and the vehicle, making it possible to drive the vehicle without the key fob. At least one of the men involved has since been arrested.
While the Hubers have a home-security system with motion-sensor cameras, it was not on at the time of the break-in. With an activated, centrally connected home security system, police response time can be cut down to just minutes from the initial warning. This can reduce the time burglars are in your home or scare them off altogether. The Hubers now keep their home security system armed at all times, whether they are home or not.