Shopping Thief

Law enforcement agencies are now using technology such as GPS tracking to hunt down lawbreakers.

Three women suspected of shoplifting were apprehended by Pasco County police. The said women who stole worth $1,500 of clothing from Saks Off Fifth at Tampa Premium Outlets were Toccara Marlesha, Ayanna Michelle Palacio, and Sharhonda LaShawn Pedroso.

The suspects were unaware that a GPS tracking device was placed in one of the jeans they stole, leading to their arrest.

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Suspected Shoplifters

With the help of GPS tracking system that the security at Saks Off Fifth were using to monitor the real-time movement of the suspects’ car, the police officers were able to intercept the women at the corner between State Road 52 and US 41.

And using body cameras, the footage of the arrest was recorded.

“You and your friends are going to jail for felonies,” one officer said as they approached the car.

The women were handcuffed and the cop informed them that they were aware of the garbage bag full of stolen goods. They didn’t know that from the time a CCTV camera was focused on them when they started putting stacks of jeans into a booster bag so it would not be detected by security sensors.

Arresting Suspects

Unknown to them, an anti-theft GPS unit was attached to one pair of jeans. And the moment they left the store, the device sent an alert and started transmitting their location. With the help of GPS tracker and the physical description of the women from the CCTV footage, the police easily found them.

Tracking Shoplifters

GPS tracking devices like Trackimo have many applications, and tracking shoplifters is just one of them. It could be used to monitor children for their safety or installed on your car as an anti-theft device. Its geo-fencing feature allows you to set up virtual boundaries and when the device enters or exits that virtual lane, it will send an alarm as you have seen in the video.

In this case, the GPS device helped the officer track down the suspects and recover stolen merchandise. Not only the jeans from Saks Off Fifth but they were also able to retrieve shirts, shorts, purses, and other items snatched from PacSun, Hollister, and other stores.

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