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There's a new Sheriff in town - it's a Satellite

He didn't even look back. But, he forgot to look up.

A 40 year-old Jaynesville, Wisconsin resident spotted a brick-sized electronic object outside a home and stole it, carting it off to his apartment, apparently hoping to fence it. What you'd do with a piece of electronic equipment that had no immediately discernable use, I have no idea, but this bright blub did.

So did others. Apparently, it was as a tracking device for a prisoner on house arrest. You know, the kind that won't let you travel more than a few hundred feet without notifying the local S.W.A.T. team.

When the home prisoner notified the prison that the device had been stolen, the prison guards did what they were trained to do. They flipped a switch.

That switch activated an electronic beacon, and a trail of red dots appeared on the screen, leading right to an apartment. The very same apartment where our hero was planning how to spend his ill-gotten gains.

Needless to say, our hero was immediately arrested.

Yep, a true story - originaly reported by the Associated Press. I don't even have to try to make these things up. Real life is too good.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, September 01, 2003

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