GPS tracking on the victim’s cell phone led police to car thief

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Guam – GPS tracking on a phone belonging to a woman whose car was stolen helped authorities track down the alleged car thief and her vehicle.

A woman shopping for groceries was surprised when she walked out of the Yigo Payless to discover that her vehicle had been stolen. According to court documents surveillance footage at the establishment revealed that a man with a slim build had entered the victim’s vehicle hust after 430 p.m. on Sunday.

But it wasn’t the surveillance footage that gave authorities a lead on the alleged thief’s whereabouts, instead the victim’s cellphone which was left in the car lead police to the doorstep of Albert Lucena.

When police arrived at the residence two hours after the theft, police say that Lucena exited the stolen vehicle wearing clothing which matched the description of the individual caught on camera.

Lucena was charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

He was booked and confined.

 

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.