GPS tracking device found on a truck that was later stolen

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A van was stolen from a southern residence early Friday, hours after the owner discovered a GPS tracker was attached to it.

The owner called police at 4.45am on Friday to report that his gray 2018 Ford F-150 was stolen from his driveway in the Gordon Street and Edinburgh Road South area. The man said he checked the vehicle periodically overnight after finding an Apple AirTag GPS device on the truck the night before.

Other police departments in Ontario have recently reported similar vehicle thefts. Thieves attach the small tracking devices to high-end vehicles, allowing them to track the vehicle to the owner’s residence to be stolen later. In this case, the vehicle owner discovered the tracker after their Apple device notified them of an AirTag in the area.

The theft remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Special Constable Allie Johnston at 519-824-1212, ext. 7457, email him at [email protected], leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Police are encouraging owners to park their vehicles in a locked garage whenever possible, or block off high-end vehicles to make them harder to steal. Residents are also urged to inspect their vehicles for trackers, especially if they receive an unknown AirTag notification.

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