Skip to comments.GPS in teddy bear leads Athens police to thief
Posted on 06/06/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear on Tuesday led police to a thief.
Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.
To combat the thefts, a company manager concealed a GPS device inside a teddy bear and he placed it in a bag of clothing that was then tossed into the collection bin, according to police.
At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road.
An officer in the area was responding to the call, police said, when the Mid-Atlantic manager updated the stuffed animals location at the Clarke Crossing shopping center at Timothy Road and Atlanta Highway.
When the officer got there he found a man removing bags from a car and placing them into a donation bin, police said.
Melvin Junior Wilder explained that he was donating clothing that had been left over from a flea market sale, according to police.
When asked about a bag in the cars backseat that contained clothing and a teddy bear, Wilder told the officer that the items had come from his home, police said.
The officer removed the GPS device from the teddy bear and showed it to Wilder, at which time he confessed to stealing the clothing from Georgia Square Mall.
(Excerpt) Read more at onlineathens.com ...
I wish the police did much more of this and much less revenue enhancement and far fewer paramilitary assaults.
The Mid-Atlantic manager said that the clothing was valued at $1 per pound, so the clothing Wilder had taken was worth $40, according to police.
The 55-year-old Burkland Lane resident was charged with misdemeanor theft by taking and released from custody later Tuesday morning after posting a $1,500 bond.
Maybe we should give a GPS-enhanced teddy bear to each of the alien invader youngsters that Obamugabe is bringing in to overwhelm our native population.
...valued at $1 per pound....
Perhaps that’s how much the company planned on getting for it, but the perp probably planned on selling it at certain price per item.
He apparently was a regular seller at a flea market (read the replies) and put stuff he couldn’t sell back into collection boxes.
Well, at least he was tidy. :)