Truck Thief Gunned Down by Owner After AirTag Gives Away Location
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“A Texas truck theft ended in gun fire after the suspected thief was tracked down by thevehicle’s owner’s AirTag,” reports AppleInsider:
San Antonio police received a stolen vehicle report at around 1 pm from a Braesview home. However, before police could recover the stolen truck, the owners of the vehicle decided to perform their own investigation, using an AirTag left in the truck to do so. The unnamed owners tracked the truck to a shopping center in Southeast Military Drive, reports KSAT. However, rather than wait for police to arrive, the truck owners decided to approach the vehicle and confront the suspect.
While it is unknown exactly what happened, Police say it seems the suspected thief may have pulled out their own firearm. The vehicle owner responded by shooting and killing the suspect while they were inside the truck. It is unclear whether the vehicle owner will face charges over the matter, and an investigation is ongoing into whether the suspect actually had a weapon in the first place.
The San Antonio police department’s public information officer offered these remarks (in a video from KSAT):
“Most importantly is, to the public, SAPD is urging you if you are to get your vehicle stolen: I know that it’s frustrating, but please do not take matters into your own hands like this. Our police department has plenty of resources that could go into finding your vehicle, i.e. our drone system, trackers ourselves, very good patrolmen that look for these kind of things. It’s never safe to take matters into your own hands, as you can see today by this incident…. That’s why I urge the public, wait for police in this matter. Let us go with you. We have the training. We know exactly how to determine what’s going to happen, these kind of factors and situations, and we know how to handle them.”