Overland Park Man Leads Cops To Stolen Car Via Cell Phone

by on March 5, 2010

in criminal charges

An Overland Park man started his SUV one morning and then ran inside while it warmed up. While away, his car was stolen. Lucky for him—there’s an app for that.

The man is said to have left his cell phone in the vehicle and once his son reminded him of the GPS feature, he logged on to the computer and phoned the police. He was able to tell the cops where to turn and how to stay on the trail of the suspected car thieves.

Apparently, the thieves knew they were being followed and according to the Kansas City Star, they ripped out various features in the SUV to try and remove any potential tracking devices. The thieves abandoned the SUV, stole another car, and picked up a friend, all while holding on to the phone.

The friend who joined the duo in Olathe actually used the phone to call her probation officer. Eventually, after a chase that lasted 3 hours, the police caught the crew in a parked Lexus. Because the thieves reportedly took the SUV’s GPS device with them, it took the police 4 days to locate the stolen truck.

The two men are charged with being felons in possession of a firearm as a rifle was found in their possession. They will face these charges in federal court and may find themselves facing additional ones as the investigation proceeds.

Technology has a way of working for us or against us, depending on our needs. With phones and vehicles getting more and more advanced, they are being seen as high tech tools for law enforcement and law violators alike.

When you are facing criminal charges, the prosecution can use all sorts of evidence against you. However, there are numerous laws regarding how this evidence is collected. Because we are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures by the U.S. Constitution, anything seized from you in an illegal search will likely be not allowable in court.

If you are facing criminal charges like auto theft, firearms offenses, or drug charges, it is prudent that you be concerned about the evidence against you. Contact me to discuss your case and to ask any questions you might have about your search, arrest, and the evidence they have against you.

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