The lesson of this silly crime story is if your tracking devices imitate something techology-ish enough that thieves think it will easily sell, they will take a lot of them and reveal all their habits and patterns.
“These devices kind of look like cell phone chargers, so they probably thought they had some kind of street value,” Roambee Corporation Co-Founder Vidya Subramanian.
Subramanian is talking about the hundred or so GPS tracking devices that were stolen recently from the company’s Dela Cruz Avenue labs.
“The moment we realized they had a box of trackers, we went into recovery mode,” Subramanian said. “We notified the police and equipped them to track the devices, and in about 5 or 6 hours, it was done.”
Before making off with about $18,000 worth of the devices, the thieves grabbed a beer out of the fridge and cut themselves in the process, leaving fingerprints and blood evidence.
Who cuts themselves grabbing a beer at work? That sounds like OSHA violation if I ever heard one.
And on that note, the company developing these tracking devices is more than happy to tell you details of this story and how well their system worked.