A special task force of the New York City Police broke up an allegedly prolific car theft ring in the Bronx and Manhattan. Nine people were arrested and 12 stolen vehicles were seized. The arrests were the culmination of a two-year investigation, authorities said. Early on Sept. 21, New York Metro rode and NYPD officers worked together to execute the operation. Detectives from the task force spread across the Bronx, targeting individuals who allegedly ran the illegal operation as well as the businesses that, sometimes unknowingly, store the stolen vehicles. According to police sources, the group used a new technology that allows them to digitally clone car key fobs to gain access without damaging the vehicles.