Brooksville, Florida -- A burglar who thought he got away with some free stuff from his victim's home had to think again after GPS software installed on the owner's property led detectives right to him.
Hernando Sheriff's deputies say on Dec. 4, the burglar broke into a home in the Royal Highlands area and stole various electronics and other small items.
Fortunately for the homeowner, the inside of the home was under video surveillance and he had previously installed GPS tracking software on several electronic items.
Several hours after the burglary was committed, the homeowner activated the GPS software and waited for the devices to connect to the Internet. About 10 hours after the crime was committed the homeowner received a series of alerts, giving him with real-time locations of his property.
The homeowners called deputies to let them know he was being alerted to the whereabouts of his belongings. Several deputies and detectives responded and were able to locate the stolen laptop and other stolen items.
Jonathan Gardner, 24, was arrested and charged with burglary of a dwelling and dealing in stolen property. He is currently being held on $25,000 bond.
Detectives want to remind all citizens to install and/or activate software on your laptop, tablet, and/or cellular telephone. This software will help immensely if you lose the item or if you become the victim of a crime.