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Posted at 9:17 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Police: Erase all signs of GPS in car

By Martin Weil

It's not enough to remove GPS devices from car windshields to prevent theft, Fairfax County police said Monday.

To avoid luring thieves, the mark from the suction cup holding the devices must be erased, they said.

The advice came as they reported four arrests following an investigation of a rash of 2010 GPS thefts. Sometimes, police said, a suction cup mark on a windshield, would lead thieves to break into a vehicle and search for valuables.

Two suspects were each charged with four counts of possession of stolen property with the intent to resell, police said. The GPS thefts were from cars in the Franconia, Burke and Mount Vernon areas in November and December, police said.

By Martin Weil  | February 7, 2011; 9:17 PM ET
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Why not give us the names and photos of the suspects? What terrible reporting.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 8, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This sucs.

Posted by: bs2004 | February 8, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

My GPS was stolen from my car about two years ago and I haven't missed using it once. 95% of the time, I'm going to familiar places, and the remaining 5% I use google map directions or, gasp, I look at a paper road map and figure it out myself.

Get rid of the GPS crutch and think for yourself!

Posted by: matt_s | February 8, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If it is stolen, you can probably pick it up in front of the local convenience store.
So I heard.

Posted by: edlharris | February 8, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

.... also, if you use Windex and/or a squeegee to remove said suction cup imprint, make sure that you store those items out of sight as well.

GIVE ME A BREAK! The Police and Judges should do their jobs. Most of these thieves are repeat offenders, and if they received the appropriate sentence and NOT probation, crime would diminish.

Stop putting the onus on the victims.

Posted by: Special_One40 | February 8, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"There's a car thief on the loose!
Hide yo' GPS, hide yo' iPod, hide yo' fuzzy dice."

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 8, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Why do people steal GPS units? They're not very expensive. Is there some data on them that is helpful to thieves?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

From a news source that doesn't hide the facts from its readers:

Javier A. Melendez Ferman, 18, Gray Combs, 21, Angel N. Hernandez Molina, 19, and a 17-year-old Springfield youth are all facing charges in connection to the incidents

Posted by: alvint | February 8, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

LLS at FedUpInMoCo!!! A friend gave me one for Christmas and it's still in the box. I use Sprint Navigation just like everyone else and it automatically updates unlike the GPS systems that you have to update manually on your home computer.

Posted by: dcdivacb | February 8, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't want anything in my vehicle that would encourage thieves to break in. Map quest or anything similar works for me when I need directions.

Posted by: CAmira5 | February 8, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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