GPS Tracking Systems Assist Houston Police
Three men living in the Houston, Texas were convicted today for their roles in an international truck stealing operation that resulted in the theft of hundreds of thousands dollars worth of equipment. The men's operation was detailed and complex, but with the assistance of GPS tracking systems they're now in jail and will be staying their for a long time.
Yuri David Melendez, the architect of the truck stealing operation, would communicate with co-conspirators in Central America who would request variations of heavy equipment, ranging from tractor trailers, trucks, tankers, and more. After Melendez would steal the trucks from local construction and job sites he would have his co-conspirators ship the equipment to Central America where they would be resold for tens of thousands of dollars. United States District Attorney Tim Johnson explained that the operation was complex and involved at least 15 people over the 8 years Melendez was orchestrating the criminal racket. "Who knows how many hundreds of vehicles Melendez was able to successfully steal and transport into Mexico and throughout Central America", stated Johnson.