The diagnostic device used to reprogram keys was purchased online, the affidavit says.
SAN ANTONIO – A third arrest has been made in a crime ring involving a group of suspects accused of stealing nearly one dozen vehicles by reprogramming car keys.
Miguel Gonzalez, 20, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and theft $30,000<$150,000, records show.
An arrest warrant affidavit states that Gonzalez was involved in the theft of “approximately 10 vehicles,” along with 18-year-old Erik Lozano-Velasco and 17-year-old Alex Lopez.
According to the affidavit, Lozano-Velasco and Lopez both told police that Gonzalez purchased a device online that reprograms vehicle keys. Gonzalez later told police it was Lozano-Velasco who had a “diagnostic programmer.”
The group would use the device to steal cars and sell them intact or for parts, the affidavit said. Lozano-Velasco told police the group has made around $20,,000 and that Gonzalez would determine how much each person would receive, depending on their role in the thefts.
Lopez further confirmed that Gonzalez paid him $800 for helping in multiple vehicle thefts, police said.
During an initial interview with police, Gonzalez denied knowing Lozano-Velasco and Lopez but later admitted to knowing Lozano-Velasco for about six weeks.Police were able to view direct messages between the group on Instagram, including messages where Gonzalez sent links to Lozano-Velasco to purchase blank Dodge keys.Police were able to view direct messages between the group on Instagram, including messages where Gonzalez sent links to Lozano-Velasco to purchase blank Dodge keys.
Inside the Charger, police found four Dodge key fobs and live ammunition.
Lozano-Velasco and Lopez were arrested Monday.
Gonzalez is being held at the Bexar County jail with bonds totaling $40,000.