02 Dec '11, 1am

Serial shopping trolley thief who stole $500k worth of trolleys in Spain busted by hidden GPS devices

Serial shopping trolley thief who stole $500k worth of trolleys in Spain busted by hidden GPS devices

Spanish police caught a man who stole thousands of supermarket trolleys by tracking him with GPS devices hidden on them, officials said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AP MADRID (AFP) - Spanish police caught a man who stole thousands of supermarket trolleys by tracking him with GPS devices hidden on them, officials said on Thursday. The 37-year-old man is thought to have stolen 290,000 euros' (S$500,421) worth of trolleys which he sold on as scrap, Madrid police said in a statement. Police attached the tracking devices covertly to several trolleys after being alerted by several supermarkets in the city which reported losing more than 3,000 trolleys this year. 'A GPS positioned on one of the trolleys chosen at random alerted us to its departure from the premises of the establishment and led officers to the suspect,' the statement said, naming him only as Juan Antonio R.C.

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