RCMP arrest alleged thief after owner tracks stolen truck with GPS

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A tech-savvy business owner helped Burnaby Mounties nab an alleged truck thief earlier this month.

On June 1, Burnaby RCMP got a report of a stolen work vehicle.

It was being tracked remotely by the owner via a GPS unit after being stolen in Vancouver the day before.

Officers used coordinates given to them by the owner to track the truck to a parking lot in the 6500-block of Hastings Street.

There, they observed the suspect exit the vehicle and promptly arrested him without incident, according to a police press release.

A 35-year-old Vancouver Island man now faces possession of stolen property charges.

“In this instance, an alert business owner who knew how to access GPS data from his work vehicle assisted police in retrieving his truck,” states the press release. “Police are asking that if you use security tools such as GPS or security cameras that you ensure software is kept up to date and that you know how to retrieve data from these tools.”

Anyone with general questions about security tools for their home or business can contact the Burnaby RCMP crime prevention unit at crimeprevention@burnaby.ca.

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