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March 2, 2014

GPS Technology assists with theft reduction

CLAREMORE — A string of trailer thefts have prompted the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office to use technology to catch those responsible.

Ashley Asher, Clinton Robinson and Dustin Lenard were arrested after deputies used GPS tracking devices to track a stolen trailer.

“Trailers are a hot commodity,” Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said “Thieves have been stealing trailers and reselling them for thousands of dollars.”

Asher, Robinson and Lenard did not even make it out of the parking lot of a Claremore storage unit.

The three suspects are the first to fall for the trick, but deputies plan to use the technology in the next few weeks to catch others.

“The bait caught its intended target,” Walton said.

The trailer set out for six nights before the bait worked, Walton said.

Now the system has proven effective, deputies will be implementing the devices in locations across Rogers County.

The new technology can be used at multiple locations with multiple types of equipment , according to Walton.

The sheriff is now warning thieves that his deputies plan to pull this stunt again and again.

“We certainly want to keep these people guessing which one might be and which one might not be,” Walton said.

The sheriff’s office is already planning to use the trailer with GPS in the next few weeks. Some of the technology is being donated to the sheriff’s office to help combat the growing problem, Walton said.

 

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