Beware: Car Thieves Are Targetting Hellcat Engines

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Even airport parking lots aren't safe.

News 6 in Orlando, Florida, recently investigated the Orlando International Airport and found that the parking garages may not be as secure as customers had thought.

A recent increase in vehicle thefts revealed that the airport parking lots were apparently not equipped with video cameras. In one day alone, four cars were stolen.

Looking at the cars, there is a clear pattern. All of the stolen vehicles were equipped with a Hellcat engine. If you've been living under a pile of rocks for the last decade, the Hellcat engine is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces more than 700 horsepower. It currently does duty in the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Durango. Ram also used it in the 1500 TRX.

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One of the victims, Gabriel Perez-Ocana, only had his 2015 Challenger for a year when it was stolen at the airport.

"The Hellcat is a breed of its own," Perez-Ocana said. "It's a 6.2 with a huge supercharger. I wanted to have a car that captured the most, pure form of American muscle and modern form, and the Hellcat seemed like the best option," he said. As you can imagine, Perez-Ocana was quite upset when his pride and joy was stolen from the airport's main garages.

According to the Orlando police, the four cars stolen last week include two Dodge Chargers, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and one Dodge Challenger. The theft of the Durangos is unfortunate since Dodge will only produce around 2,000 units. The Challenger and Charger Hellcat are two of the most stolen vehicles in the USA. Dodge included a new safety system earlier this year to stop miscreants from swiping them.

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The exit tollbooth records show that the cars left the parking garage on October 4, one or two days before the owners returned. It's not clear when the fourth vehicle was stolen. Even though there was no video footage of the garage, the airport authorities recorded when the vehicles left the toll plaza.

The Sr. Director of Public Affairs for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Carolyn Fennell, declined to confirm whether the garages were equipped with cameras. Fennel stated that they don't discuss security device locations.

The cars were stolen from the A and B garages, which are the most expensive to park at. All of the victims stated that they chose to park there because they were under the impression that they were paying for extra security.

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