Car tracking device helps Essex Police snare serial burglar

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Car tracking device helps Essex Police snare serial burglar

A serial crook in Essex was arrested and charged for a string of house burglaries thanks to some good old-fashioned police work and a tracking device fitted to a rental car, it has been revealed.

Bobby Everitt was sent to prison for three years after being found guilty of 14 counts of burglary at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 11, and his arrest has been attributed to some serious detective skills and a tracking device fitted to the hapless criminal's rental car.

PC James Smith, the arresting officer for Essex Police, explained: "While we were investigating a break in at a house in Chelmsford we went to interview Everett. I noticed a car outside his home and took down its registration even though he said it wasn't his.

"We ran the vehicle's details through the Police National Computer and discovered it was registered to a rental company. We contacted the hirer who, not only confirmed it had been hired to Everitt, rather fortuitously, told us it was equipped with a vehicle tracking system.

"The data provided by Trak Global showed the vehicle had been in the close vicinity of the property at the time it had been raided and gave us conclusive proof that he carried out the burglary."

But PC Smith decided to take things one step further and continued to cross-examine the data provided by the vehicle tracking company with similar break-ins that had occurred throughout the region.

"Incredibly, the precise information enabled us to place the vehicle in the vicinity at the time of 13 other house burglaries and a further two attempted burglaries," revealed PC Smith.

"The data actually revealed he'd brazenly parked right outside two properties. We were even able to calculate just how long he'd taken to break in, in one case from the moment he'd turned the engine off and then restarted the car was just nine minutes."

"Put simply, if it hadn't been for the fact the vehicle was equipped with a tracking device, Everitt would not have been successfully convicted for 14 burglaries."

PC James Smith was subsequently presented with the Police Federation National Detective Forum Student Detective of the Year award for following his natural instinct and his industrious use of Trak's system.