Mobile crane thief foiled by GPS tracking

DPA/The Local
DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 7 Mar, 2009 Updated Sat 7 Mar 2009 10:55 CEST
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A Lithuanian man stole a truck-mounted mobile crane from the Brandenburg town of Neuruppin early Saturday morning.

But the crane thief didn’t realise the high-tech vehicle was equipped with a satellite tracking system that recorded his every move.

The crane’s owner received an SMS alert on his mobile phone telling him the crane was moving, according to a police statement. He logged onto his computer and tracked the stolen crane down to the A12 motorway heading toward Poland. He called the police, who pulled the crane over two hours later.

The crane thief told police he was given €200 to steal the €1-million crane.

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