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GPS device helps track suspected truck thieves

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 17:32:29-04

Three juveniles are accused of stealing a pickup truck after they were caught with the help of a location tracker, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they arrested the three juveniles for felony theft on Wednesday.

The pickup truck was reported stolen on Tuesday. Deputies say the owner left the keys in the vehicle, which also contained his tools worth $6,000, while it was parked in a driveway near 84th and Hanover Street.

The next day, the owner told investigators he found his tools in a dumpster at the Omaha Bible Church, about a mile and a half from where the truck was stolen.

That’s when investigators were able to obtain surveillance video of the suspects.

Deputies say they eventually located the truck, with the engine still warm from being driven, in the same area - the 7300 block of Ernst Street.

“Deputies coordinated a search and placed a GPS device on the vehicle in an attempt to identify/arrest the perpetrators whom it was anticipated would return to the vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Thursday.

They say it only took an hour.  They were able to take the juveniles into custody, and according to deputies, get a confession from two of them.

The Sheriff's Office says they are also investigating some evidence found in one suspect's bedroom - a Toyota key fob, three masks and multiple rolls of duck tape.