Thieves armed with laptops are hacking into electronic ignitions of late-model cars to steal the vehicles. Police and insurers sounded the warning to raise awareness about the latest car-theft trend.The Houston Police Department pointed at surveillance footage that shows two suspects, one of whom used a laptop, before stealing a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The first suspect opened the Jeep\u2019s hood to reportedly cut the alarm. The footage below took place about 10 minutes later when a second suspect jimmied the door open, climbed inside and then did something with a laptop before stealing the Jeep. \u201cIf you are going to hot-wire a car, you don\u2019t bring along a laptop,\u201d Houston Police Department Officer James Woods told the Wall Street Journal. \u201cWe don\u2019t know what he is exactly doing with the laptop, but my guess is he is tapping into the car\u2019s computer and marrying it with a key he may already have with him so he can start the car.\u201dThis goes beyond thieves using a $17 power amplifier to brute force the unique key fob code\u00a0to break into cars with remote keyless systems. In those cases, thieves were reportedly looking to loot valuables from vehicles, not steal the car. People were told to store their wireless key fobs in a freezer or other Faraday cage so the thieves couldn\u2019t pick up the signal.Now the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says it has started seeing police reports tying \u201cthefts of newer-model cars to \u2018mystery\u2019 electronic devices.\u201d NICB Vice President Roger Morris told the WSJ, \u201cWe think it is becoming the new way of stealing cars. The public, law enforcement and the manufacturers need to be aware.\u201dA Fiat Chrysler spokesperson told the WSJ he believes the Houston thieves \u201care using dealer tools to marry another key fob to the car.\u201dWhen it comes to thieves using laptops, Morris said laptops would allow a thief to hack, or \u201cmanipulate,\u201d the car\u2019s computer so it would \u201crecognize a signal sent from an electronic key the thief then uses to turn on the ignition.\u201d The computer reads the signal and switches on the engine.Morris added, \u201cWe have no idea how many cars have been broken into using this method. We think it is minuscule in the overall car thefts, but it does show these hackers will do anything to stay one step ahead.\u201dWhen the FBI alerted the public to car hacking, there was no mention of \u201cmystery\u201d devices being used to break in and steal cars. The agency was mostly focused on how attackers could exploit vulnerabilities to remotely take control of the car.According to the NICB\u2019s Hot Wheels Report, the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Malibu are the top five late-model cars stolen between 2010 and 2015. The last Hot Wheels Report, which tallied the \u201cmost stolen\u201d vehicles during 2014, listed the top five as the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, full-size Ford Pickup, full-size Chevrolet Pickup and the Toyota Camry. As for where vehicles were being stolen during 2015, California claimed eight of 10 spots in the NICB\u2019s latest Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report.