Men Charged In Massive Lauderhill Auto Theft Operation – NBC 6 South Florida

Three men are charged with a sophisticated organized crime ring that involved making replica keys to steal dozens of cars in Lauderhill, prosecutors said.

Daronn Grant, Ryan Hamitt and Stokely Lawrence have been arrested for grand car theft and racketeering – which police say has been going on since 2017.

According to the arrest affidavit, the trio texted each other with photos of the cars they had their eyes on. They are accused of stealing at least 61 vehicles near the Cascades apartment complex in Lauderhill.

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Daronn Grant, Stokely Lawrence and Ryan Hamitt

Prosecutors said the trio would explore the cars, get the VIN and tag information, then contact the same locksmith to make silver keys.

With this special key, they could unlock the car doors without forcing or even breaking a window. Once inside, a key programming device would be used to start the engine, prosecutors said.

A Broward County case has been resolved, but this latest investigation has been launched by state prosecutors.

Grant’s lawyer defended him in court on Tuesday, saying he was not at risk of fleeing and was cooperating with the investigation.

On Tuesday, the judge set bail of $46,000 for Grant and bail of $19,000 for Hamitt.