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GPS tracking device found on truck that was later stolen

Ford F-150 taken from driveway of south end residence Friday
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A pickup was stolen from a south end residence early Friday, hours after the owner discovered a GPS tracker had been attached to it.

The owner called police at 4:45 a.m. Friday to report his grey 2018 Ford F-150 had been stolen from his driveway in the area of Gordon Street and Edinburgh Road South. The male advised he had been checking the vehicle periodically through the night after finding an Apple AirTag GPS device on the truck the night before.

Other police services in Ontario have reported similar vehicle thefts recently. Thieves attach the small tracking devices to high-end vehicles, allowing them to track the vehicle back to the owner’s residence to be stolen later. In this case the owner of the vehicle discovered the tracker after his Apple device notified him of an AirTag in the area.

The theft remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Special Constable Allie Johnston at 519-824-1212, ext. 7457, email her at [email protected], leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Police encourage owners to park their vehicles inside a locked garage whenever possible, or to block in higher-end vehicles to make them more difficult to steal. Residents are also urged to inspect their vehicles for trackers, especially if they receive an unknown AirTag notification.