Radio Mystery Crime Of The Year!
December 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM (PT)
It was a mystery that not even "CSI" could solve: For months, when dozens of people parked their cars near the HOLLYWOOD, FL POLICE DEPARTMENT, they would return to discover that the keyless entry system to unlock or start their cars didn't work.
Then, when their cars were towed to the dealers for repair, the problem just disappeared. The repairmen had nothing to fix; the keyless entry batteries worked just fine as well.
THE HUFFINGTON POST reports that police finally discovered the source of this phenomenon: a nearby illegal pirate radio station, which was jamming the signal from keyless entry systems of car makes such as LEXUS and TOYOTA. An undercover detective and FCC agent found the pirate radio equipment on DEC. 6th, hidden under an air conditioning chiller.
Police are now searching for someone who set up the bootleg station on the roof of a bank located one block north of police headquarters. The station was broadcasting Caribbean music around the clock through 104.7 FM.
Running a pirate radio station is a felony that could result in a fine of at least $10,000 from the FCC.