Law Enforcement

GPS Tracking System Ends Career of Thief


Vehicle Tracking System Catches Minnesota Thief

For years Timothy Kielb victimized Minnesota residents, stealing and robbing citizen’s homes with no thought or feelings. Breaking into people’s homes, cutting alarm wires, and cracking safes was what Kielb specialized in and he did so to over an estimated 150 homes in only over a year. That is until a GPS tracking system provided the evidence Minnesota police needed to make an arrest.

GPS Tracking Systems: The 24 Hours a Day Investigator

Police have been relying heavily upon GPS tracking system technology over the past 10 years as funding for police services have continued to decline. Sgt. Scott Downing, a Minnesota police officer, stated, “The GPS tracking systems allow us to monitor any suspected criminal for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, something that would be impossible to do with a detective because of budgetary constraints”.Technology is becoming a valuable tool for investigators and all variations of law enforcement.

How Police used the GPS Tracking System to Make the Arrest

Downing and Minnesota police acquired a warrant from a Minnesota judge to place a vehicle tracking system onto Kielb’s car, and after recording and reviewing the data from the live GPS tracker police felt they had enough evidence to arrest Kielb. However, before the investigation was complete, the GPS tracking system recorded Kielb as he attempted to break into a coffee shop in Shakopee. Police decided to make the arrest after he committed the robbery, feeling that he was an intelligent criminal and may have been able to evade police.

When Kielb was pulled over by Minnesota police he still had the GPS tracking system recording his every move, but he also had almost $20,000 in cash in his possession. Keilb told police that the money was winnings from a recent trip to a casino he had made earlier that day. Unfortunately, the tracking system did not show any recorded visits to a casino, proving that Kielb’s story was a false one. During the arrest, a search by authorities uncovered Keilb also had methamphetamines in his possession.

Kielb was arrested for second-degree burglary, possession of tools used in a burglary, and possession of methamphetamines. His bail is set at $350,000 as he awaits trial.

Source: StarTribune