The county was able to recover a recently stolen truck due to the G-P-S unit that had been installed in the vehicle. The county’s 2001 Dodge Ram 4x4 diesel truck was stolen yesterday morning after someone broke into a fenced area at the Public Works North Valley yard at 3:46 a.m. Due to the G-P-S tracking unit, Public Works employees were able to identify the location of the stolen truck. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the truck at 8:30 a.m.
The truck had been ditched outside the Albuquerque city limits behind an abandoned building on nine mile hill. The truck was not visible from the road and had there not been a G-P-S unit installed in the vehicle, it could have been weeks before the vehicle was found.
The G-P-S tracking feature is activated once the vehicle’s engine is turned on. Visible via the web-based program, a ‘bread crumb trail’ showed the path the truck took including stops along the way. The truck is valued at about $8,500.
Since August of this year, Bernalillo County has installed approximately 200 G-P-S units in its fleet. The county is still in the process of installing G-P-S units in all 1,100 county vehicles . By February of next year, another 250 G-P-S tracking units will be installed in county vehicles.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft.
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