SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – Deputies were led straight to a man believed to have committed grand theft after stealing cell phone tower batteries, unknowingly equipped with G.P.S. tracking technology.
Thursday, a suspect cut two padlocks to access a Verizon cell tower site and battery storage steel cabinet on State 330 Highway in San Bernardino, deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.READ MORE: At Least One Dead In West LA Following A Fatal Crash
Deputies said Kenneth McFarlane, 32, of San Bernardino, allegedly stole four deep-cycle batteries, used to power the cell tower.READ MORE: Norms Diner Anniversary Celebration Includes 72-Cent Breakfast Special, Hotcake Doughnut From Randy's Donuts
Thanks to G.P.S. trackers in the batteries, deputies were able to follow the signal to McFarlane’s house. They said they found him alone in his garage with all four stolen batteries. McFarlane is on felony probation.
McFarlane was arrested for grand theft and possession of stolen property and booked into jail.MORE NEWS: Gunman In Parkland School Massacre Pleads Guilty To Murder
The cell tower batteries were recovered and returned to the victims, deputies added.