Tech gadgets have a considerable high street value, the readily available market poses a huge threat to companies stocking on such devices in the Silicon Valley. A gang of thieves decided to steal GPS tracking devices from a Santa Clara tech company.
Unfortunately, the gang was ignorant of the obvious capabilities that such devices have as far as tracking technology is concerned. The Police managed to arrest the high-tech thieves before they got away with the thousands of dollars’ worth of GPS tracking devices.
Vidya Subramanian, who is the Co-Founder of Roambee Corporation, said that the devices look like cell phone chargers, so they probably thought they had a worthwhile street value. The theft took place on Santa Clara’s Dela Cruz Avenue labs.
Subramanian said that after realizing that the box of trackers had been stolen, they went into recovery mode. They first notified the police and equipped them to track the devices, and in about 5 or 6 hours, it was a done deal.
The thieves left a trail that gave the authorities a clue. They grabbed a beer out of the fridge and cut themselves in the process, leaving fingerprints and blood evidence. It wasn’t long before the police were using Roambee’s software to locate the devices and the thieves.
Subramanian said that they were able to pinpoint the location of these trackers to a warehouse in Union City and two of the devices had gone mobile, and the thieves were driving around with them in the East Bay.
The two men were arrested in Alameda. The storage locker was found to contain drugs and other stolen property. Roambee devices are used to track the shipment of bananas and other products worldwide, not criminals.
The ill-fated publicity may be good for Santa Clara’s business. The company has been able to show its customers that its product not only work, but the devices have the capability to switch into full recovery mode, thus they were able to show the end result from a roaming perspective.