Man Is Arrested and Charged With Stealing Computerized Tracking
Device; Cops Turned on Device to Find Him
The Associated Press
JANESVILLE, Wis. Sept. 1
To track down this alleged thief, all police had to do was flick on a
A 40-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing a
computerized tracking device that uses a global positioning system to
keep track of jail prisoners on home detention.
"He apparently didn't know what he had because he would be awfully
stupid to steal a tracking device," said correctional officer Thomas
Roth, who runs the home detention program at the Rock County Jail.
The $2,500 device was temporarily placed outside a home by a woman
serving home detention. The device, which is a little bigger than a
brick in size, has a built-in GPS satellite receiver.
Prisoners wear a transmitter about as big as a cigarette pack on the
ankle, and it acts as a 100-foot tether to the portable tracking
By the time the prisoner called to report the theft Monday night, the
device had automatically notified the jail that it had been taken
outside the prisoner's home area.
Roth then tracked the device through the Internet on his home
A trail of electronic dots led authorities to an apartment building,
where the suspect was captured.