Technology aids sheriff's deputies in recovering stolen car
Bill Williams reports for Columbia-Greene Media that a stolen vehicle was recovered safely and the man accused of stealing it was taken into custody with the help of modern technology last weekend, Lt. Mark Dunspaugh of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said August 24. The stolen vehicle, a 2019 Chevrolet Spark, was equipped with a GPS-enabled security system that allowed police to track and stop the vehicle. On Aug. 20, at around 7 p.m., Columbia County sheriff’s deputies Steven Rose and Connor Graziano were sent by county dispatch to School Street in Chatham after learning that a vehicle had allegedly been taken, about 30 minutes before it was reported stolen, Dunspaugh said. Deputies were able to contact the security company and request help locating the vehicle. Within minutes the car was found, traveling south on Route 66 in the area of Highbridge Road in Chatham. When deputies caught up to the vehicle, the driver did not stop so they asked the security company to turn off the car's engine and it came to an abrupt stop in the village of Chatham. A short foot pursuit occurred and the man was taken into custody. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license. He was released with appearance tickets returnable to Chatham village court. The security device installed in the vehicle used both GPS as well as wireless phone technology in the location process. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.