LPD officers find driver and stolen truck utilizing GPS monitoring

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) — The Lincoln Police Department was able to track a suspect driving a stolen truck because it has GPS tracking capabilities.

Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, LPD said the owner of TDK Lawn Care called police after receiving a warning that one of his vehicles was leaving the company’s parking lot, which is on 13th and Main Street.

According to police, the vehicle was a 2007 Ford F250 valued at $10,000 that was equipped with GPS tracking capability.

LPD said the owner continued to provide police with updates on the truck’s location, and officers eventually tracked it to an area at 34th and Orwell Streets, where officers conducted a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as 22-year-old Tariq Simien, ran out of the truck and ignored orders from officers to stop, police said.

According to the LPD, a K9 police officer was called and Simien was eventually found in a small storage shed near 34th Street and Old Cheney Road.

Police said officers found a crowbar, face mask and sledgehammer inside the truck that did not belong to the truck’s owner.

Simien was arrested for theft by eminent domain, possessing burglar tools, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.

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