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New Berlin Police News

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Thieves Arrested After GPS Technology Fails Them

02/25/09

Two Illinois men were arrested early Wednesday morning for breaking into cars and stealing GPS units.  Ironically, the reason they were stopped by police was that their own personal GPS unit did not alert them to the fact that Small Road is not a through street any longer and they were caught attempting to drive through the barricade near Stonefire Pizza.

Officer Mike Saddy was on patrol just after midnight, looking for suspicious vehicles after a recent rash of car break ins near local hotels.  He stopped a car driven by an 18 year old Illinois man and asked what they were doing in the area and why they attempted to drive through the "emergency vehicle only" barricade.  A 21 year old Illinois man was a passenger in the vehicle.  When back up arrived, the two officers further questioned the men about their activities in the area and later found several GPS units in the car.  It was learned that two had been taken from the Holiday Inn Express in New Berlin and at least two had been taken from a motel in Elkhorn. 

Further investigation revealed that the two men had a list of dozens of hotels along the I-43 corridor in the Milwaukee area and were probably just getting started on their crime spree when they were met by Officer Saddy.  New Berlin detectives will be working with several other area police departments to determine if the two men were responsible for recent thefts in their cities.  It is believed that the two were taking the units back to Illinois and selling them on the internet.

I had posted a blog on GPS thefts from vehicles in January 2008 after the Ridge Cinema and other businesses in the area of Moorland and Beloit were targeted in a similar manner.  Thieves were not and are still not afraid to break your car windows to get to GPS units and other high priced items that are visible to them.  Other favorite targets are purses, DVD players and the old favorite, after-market car stereos and speakers.  Please remember to lock your car and keep your valuables out of sight.

Kudos to Officer Saddy and New Berlin's third shift officers for your excellent police work!

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