Police use hidden GPS unit to track stolen toy

Melvin Junior Wilder (Photo courtesy Clarke County Sheriff’s Office)
Melvin Junior Wilder (Photo courtesy Clarke County Sheriff’s Office)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say they used a GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft.

Athens-Clarke County police say Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a company manager concealed the GPS device inside the bear, placed it in a bag of clothing and tossed it into the collection bin.

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move. Police said the manager worked with the officer to update the stuffed animal’s location, and a 55-year-old man was stopped and charged with theft by taking, a misdemeanor.

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