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GPS Application Leads Police to Thieves

A recent rash of New Hampshire thefts caused police to investigate and warn the public not to leave valuable items inside vehicles parked in the state’s national park areas–especially at trail heads. U.S. Forest Service agents also cautioned visitors to lock their cars.

A recent investigation was launched after thieves smashed car windows to get into vehicles, stealing electronics and cash.

Unfortunately for the unwitting criminals, police were able to track down them down within hours due to quick action stemming from a victim’s GPS application on his cell phone. Most of these smash-and-grab type cases go unsolved, especially due to the remote locations, time delay between the crime and report, and absence of witnesses to the crime.

In this case, the victim went to the State Trooper barracks and borrowed a police computer to track the location of his Smartphone; the phone was in a nearby community, and appeared to be with someone walking.

State Law Enforcement officers called the community’s police department, who dispatched officer to the area; the officer spotted a group of juveniles outside the residential area. A local Forest Service special agent also assisted, helping police determine four teens as the likely suspects. Police recovered the majority of property and the teens eventually confessed they’d participated in the crime spree, or were guilty of receiving stolen goods.

While the case remains under investigation, police expect charges to be filed shortly. Ah, technology!

Calumet City Police Kill Chicago Man

During an arrest in Calumet City, police officers shot and killed a Chicago man when he attacked the officers during the arrest.

Prince Alim Bantu Akbar, a Chicago performance artist, was running in and out of a school district building yelling and screaming, and then running back out. When the officers arrived on the scene, the 265-pound Akbar began to beat the first officer. They tried non-lethal force, including tasers, and were unable to subdue the 6’1″ suspect.

While the second officer was trying to subdue the officer, he was nearly knocked unconscious. Akbar returned to beating the first officer around the head and face. The second officer, regaining his senses, fired two shots at the assailant, mortally wounding him. Akbar died at the scene.

The two officers were sedated and remain in the hospital with severe head and facial injuries, including possible broken bones.