NYPD cop latest victim of TikTok car theft challenge

A group of thieves swiped an unmarked NYPD car and took it on a nearly 12-hour joyride before crashing in the Bronx Tuesday morning — in what appears to be a heist inspired by a viral TikTok challenge, The Post has learned.

The four carjackers boosted the black undercover KIA from outside the 45 Precinct’s Detective Bureau near Westchester and Lane Avenues just around 12:30 a.m., according to police.

The car wasn’t seen again until just before 11:20 a.m. when patrol officers spotted it about four miles away and began to chase it, cops said.

The theft has all the trademarks of a TikTok challenge that has been blamed for the massive uptick in stolen Kias and Hyundais in New York City, according to police.

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As part of the challenge — which has been viewed millions of times on the social media site — thieves use a USB cord to bypass the ignition through the steering wheel column.


The unmarked police car was stolen Tuesday morning by four carjackers.

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It was later found about four miles away and appears related to a viral TikTok trend that has impacted Kias and Hyundais in New York.

Cops say that cars from those companies made between 2010 and 2021 with turn-key ignitions, not push-start with key fobs, are vulnerable to the trend.

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Earlier this month, the NYPD warned residents about the alarming uptick in similar grand theft autos on Staten Island.

Police officials urged owners to tap into some older anti-car theft tech — like steering wheel locks, such as well-known Club — until manufacturers released a software update.

Cops had questioned two people they believed to be involved but neither had been charged as of Tuesday afternoon.

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