Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hapless thieves caught after stolen GPs tracks lead police to them

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Daniel O'Connor

A pair of hapless thieves were caught after boxes containing stolen GPS tracking equipment led police straight to them.

Two thieves broke into the offices of Santa Clara, California company Roambee just over two weeks ago and stole $18,000 (€16,000) worth of goods, including a 3D printer, two 4K monitors and two boxes filled with ‘Roambee Trackers.’

Used by the company to help clients track the location of their goods while being shipped, the boxes of roughly 100 tracking devices led to the pair’s arrest just hours after they left the offices.

Roambee co-founder Vidya Sumbramanian said that a police officer had told him one of the thieves thought they were just mobile phone chargers.

“These devices kind of look like cell phone chargers, so they probably thought they had some kind of street value,” Mr. Subramanian told NBC News.

“The moment we realized they had a box of trackers, we went into recovery mode. We notified the police and equipped them to track the devices, and in about 5 or 6 hours, it was done.”

The trackers were used by local police to find the stolen goods approximately 40 miles away in a storage locker in Alameda, California.

Police also discovered other stolen goods from other break-ins the thieves are believed to have carried out, including photographs and clippings from a World War II veteran given to his son.

Speaking to NBC News, Roambee’s co-founder believes that the incident may now give the company good publicity for their business.

“What this has done is show our customers that our product not only works,” Mr Subramanian said. “It was picture perfect.”

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