Dealership’s GPS Tracking Leads to Kidnapping Suspect

A GPS tracking device commonly used by car dealerships helped Pennsylvania police locate a kidnapping suspect.

This past Sunday, a 22-year-old woman was seen being dragged into a Ford Taurus by the suspected kidnapper. Authorities used a GPS device, previously installed on the car by the dealership because of the owner’s poor credit, to track the vehicle down.

Local mom and pop dealership owner, Brian Mackey, said it’s commonplace for companies like his to use the devices–which run about $90 a piece–as a form of insurance. “From the get-go, it makes customers aware that there is a possibility that they’ll lose their car. Plus it gives us the security to finance people with bad credit,” he said.

In this case, the device was for more than just dealership security. It lead detectives to Maryland where the suspect was found with the victim and arrested.