Thieves Caught After Stealing GPS Trackers From The Company That Makes Them

Some thieves thought they were stealing some valuable electronics, but what they didn’t realize was that they stole a box of GPS tracking devices.

By DAVID on September 24, 2018
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The company, Roambee, is based in Santa Clara, and they make GPS tracking devices. You take this box, activate it, and place it in a shipment of produce, fruit, or some other perishable. You can use them to follow the shipment and keep track of where it goes and how long it takes, etc.

Well, these thieves were a few fruits short of a full bushel. They decided to break into the company’s office and grab a full box of these trackers. Co-founder of the company, Vidya Subramanian, says “These devices kind of look like cell phone chargers, so they probably thought they had some kind of street value.” Makes sense, phones don’t last longer than a workday these days, so people are buying up battery boosters.

The thieves also made a stop in the company break room on the way out. The found a beer in the fridge, and took that too. As an added bonus (for police), the thieves cut themselves during the robbery. There was blood and fingerprints all over the place. Yeah, like I said, a few fruits short of a full bushel. The company was of course able to track their own tracking devices. The trackers helped lead police straight to the thieves within a few hours of the robbery. Police later found a storage facility the thieves had which was full of a ton of other stolen goods. +1 for technology!

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