Hidden GPS device leads police to alleged thief

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 10:11 PM

JAMES CITY COUNTY-- An alleged thief is under arrest after a GPS device hidden inside a flat-screen TV led police to the man's home.

James City County police installed the tracking device after several reported break-ins at a time-share complex on Indian Fields Way in Williamsburg Plantation.

According to police, 37-year-old Michael Joseph Morris kicked in a door at the time-share unit on Wednesday and stole a 40-inch flat screen television.  Police had previously installed a small tracking device and were able to track the suspect to his residence in the 100 block of Raleigh Street.

Police say when they arrived, Morris was leaving his home. When Morris saw the officers he reportedly ran back into his house, slammed the door and fled through a back door.

After a short chase, he was arrested by uniformed officers.
 
Police say investigators searched Morris’ home and recovered the stolen television along with additional television sets and other property believed to be stolen.

Police believe some of the items were taken during a burglary at a the time-share complex in December. 

Other items are believed to have been stolen out of two vehicles in two different neighborhoods in June.

Police are continuing their investigation and say additional charges are pending.
 
Morris is being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.

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