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GPS tracker wasn't placed by law enforcement, CBPD says

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 20:11:17-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) -- — A GPS tracker unknowingly placed on a woman’s vehicle and police are investigating.

The Council Bluffs Police Department says a GPS tracker put on a woman’s car was not placed there by federal or local law enforcement which initially was a likely possibility.

The incident happened at about 4am on April 21. In the surveillance video you can see a man putting the electronic device with a magnet near the rear tire of Taylor Foster’s car.

Police are investigating and say they tracked the device to a company in China, but are still trying to figure out who purchased it.

“The intention, whatever they were going to do, what if it was harmful, and then what? Why don’t we just take steps so nothing worse happens? Because if you get away with it, I mean, you can be tracked and be killed,” Foster explained.

Police tell KMTV it wouldn’t be illegal for a private investigator to use a GPS tracking device.

Foster says her car is not in jeopardy of getting repossessed, and that wouldn’t happen at 4am.

If deemed criminal, a person could be charged or cited at least with trespassing.