Police Uncover Stolen GPS Ring

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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A motorist whose global positioning system unit ripped from his car ended up having the same stolen unit installed less than two weeks later during repairs at a Detroit-area dealership, police said Thursday.
The man noticed the settings on the newly installed unit were similar to those on his original one, and when he pushed a button on the attached five-CD player, one of his own discs popped out, The Detroit News reported.
"You can't make this stuff up," Troy Police Lt. Robert Redmond said.
Police don't think the dealer was aware the newly installed unit was stolen. The case is part of an investigation in Oakland County, Mich., and Seminole County, Fla., that's led to the seizure of about 1,000 units.
The man's GPS was stolen Oct. 21 and he called his insurance company, which told him to take the vehicle to his local dealership, Redmond said. Police believe the thief sold it to a middleman, who sold it to an auto parts store. The dealership bought what it thought was a refurbished GPS.
Redmond said his department has taken 56 theft reports, and targets include newer Cadillac Escalades, Jeep Grand Cherokees and Chrysler 300s.
The thieves were paid between $250 and $400 per unit, and middlemen sold them online and to auto parts stores for between $600 and $1,200, the Detroit Free Press and The Macomb Daily also reported.
Four people have been arrested for receiving and concealing stolen property, and police are seeking five others.


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