January 22, 2007

Vandalize your Boss' House? Turn off the GPS!

In what appears to be another “GPS as a witness” missteps, an employee in Wisconsin recently vandalized his boss’ house by allegedly pouring a bucket of tar on his front porch before quickly driving away, apparently undetected. Unfortunately for him, the van he was driving was a company van that was equipped with a GPS transponder, just like the rest of the company vehicles. The GPS information led the police to the arrest.

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January 19, 2007

Stolen GPS Devices Call Police - Three Arrested

Whoops - three were arrested in NY when the GPS units that they allegedly stole notified police of their whereabouts. Apparently the GPS units were part of the DPW plan to track and monitor Snow Plows and other municipal vehicles in the area, and looked like mobile phones. When the town reached out to their GPS units, they found them and when the police arrived, they said that 46-year-old Kurt Husfeldt was holding the device. His 13 year old son and another man were also arrested.

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Update: This also landed on the Morning Edition at NPR - go there to listen.

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January 17, 2007

Another GPS Tracking Device, Another Bomb Scare

Seems like this is going to become more common as GPS tracking devices become more popular; apparently yesterday yet another GPS tracking device was mistaken for a bomb and the bomb squad came out to defuse the situation, only to confirm that the unit was a GPS tracking device. The Private Investigator had already come forward and said that he was tracking the person who owned the truck it was attached to. We’ve seen this tracking device bomb scare thing before, when a man was tracking his wife, as well as a Geocache being mistaken for a bomb too.

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November 20, 2006

Man Tracking Wife with GPS turns into Bomb Scare

So, the folks in the GPS world just can't get a break. Recently, a Geocache caused a bit of a scare because people weren't quite sure what was attached to some sculpture outside a bank in Sherman Texas; it was the cache in a magnetic box. Now, a man tracking his wife with a gps tracking device attached to the underside of her car caused a bomb scare when officials thought that the black box was suspicious and called in the bomb squad. Apparently the unhappy couple are going through a divorce.

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November 13, 2006

Geocaching gone Bad

A lot of people with handheld GPS units have at least heard about Geocaching, and many have participated in the hide and seek game of finding hidden treasures via latitude and longitudinal coordinates. Well, one geocaching event recently went bad. Some Geocachers were searching out the Cache, "Don't be a Horses..." and apparently some of the local citizen's were concerned that the cache was a bomb. Apparently, the cache is located outside a bank, and after the police, the bomb squad, and the FBI got involved things were finally resolved.

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