Police have reported that a recent group of thieves were caught after they broke into the offices of a local Silicon Valley tech company. Once inside the thieves went about stealing over $18,000 worth of equipment. The burglars made one particularly mistake by stealing a beer from a fridge and cutting themselves in the process, leaving not only fingerprints but blood and DNA evidence.
And yet that was still the second stupidest thing they did that day.
That’s because they stole a lot of GPS trackers, which were then used to track them.
“These devices kind of look like cell phone chargers, so they probably thought they had some kind of street value,” said company co-founder Vidya Subramanian. “The moment we realized they had a box of trackers, we went into recovery mode. We notified the police and equipped them to track the devices, and in about 5 or 6 hours, it was done.”
If only all burglaries were so easily solved, right?
Not only were the trackers accurate enough to let the company point police to a storage unit in Union City, but they also let them know that two were on the move in Alameda. Police went on to raid the storage unit and also found two other thieves driving in Alameda in a van. The storage unit was found filled with other stolen goods and illegal drugs.
In a hilarious turn of events the company is actually happy with the unplanned robbery. Their GPS tracker is built to help companies avoid theft of worldwide shipments of various products and with the help of these thieves the folks at Roambee can confidently point to their product and say, “it works!”
“What this has done is show our customers that our product not only works, but it goes into full recovery mode where we can actually show the end result for a roaming perspective,” said one company representative. “It was picture perfect. This is what we’ve been gearing up to do, and we were ready for it and we executed.”
We can’t help but wonder if the thieves feel especially stupid given how they were caught. But what do you guys think? Would you be happy? Or are you, perhaps, ever-so-slightly, suspicious that this attention-gaining event may have been engineered!? Let us know in the comments below!