Crime doesn’t pay, or at least it doesn’t when you accidentally lead police back to your house with the GPS tracker you just stole.
On the evening of May 17, Glynis Armentrout and Tyler Armentrout, owners of the Naughty Lobstah food truck, received the call no business owner ever wants to hear: Their supply truck was stolen from outside an employee’s London, Ohio apartment complex.
It was located shortly afterwards a mere 300 yards from where it was stolen, but it was found missing most of its valuable items.
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While the vehicle in question isn’t the one they serve customers from—it’s a green pickup dedicated to housing Naughty Lobstah supplies—it’s still critical to their business. Critical enough to equip with a motion-activated GPS tracker.
According to Glynis Armentrout, the device is used both for security reasons and to help keep track of their truck’s progress en route to events.
Since the tracker was stolen and taken inside the suspect thief’s home, Armentrout said, it was also able to lead police directly to the suspect’s location.
“The tracking device showed us the entire movement of the truck over a 10 hour period, so the truck itself was found quickly,” she said. “The location of the tracker was in an apartment based off of our tracker app, where the suspect lived with his mother. The London police were able to gain access to the apartment, where our employee’s belongings were found in his possession. As well as our tracker. They were arrested on site.”
614Now was unable to confirm the arrest with the London Police, but according to Armentrout, she was told charges will likely be filed soon against the suspect, who the Naughty Lobstah owners believe stole from several nearby vehicles.
According to Armentrout, it’s likely the suspect didn’t realize what they had stolen, as the tracker, which is small and oval-shaped, resembles a Bluetooth speaker.
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