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Four men accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of products from Microsoft's cargo trucks in the US have been charged with multiple counts including felony grand theft. California state police arrested two of the suspects on February 2, and the other two remain at large. According to a felony complaint [PDF], between …

  1. Brian 3

    So basically, if they hadn't registered the devices AT HOME then the CHP had NOTHING to go on? They wouldn't have had the warrants to track the cell phone locations without tracing the stolen goods first.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      They didn't need anything else.

      1. Richard 12 Silver badge

        Always start with the easy stuff.

        Often you don't need anything else

  2. JimboSmith Silver badge

    Then, they allegedly registered some of the stolen devices using IP addresses located at Soto's home in Northridge, Los Angeles. Additionally, the cops traced the alleged crooks' mobile devices to several of the hijacked cargo trucks' locations.

    If the above is true then I do hope none of them are wondering why they were caught. I know cellphone networks will provide which cellphones were in an area switched on to law enforcement agencies. The criminals might be regretting the fact they didn’t know this. If it’s a rural location then they’ll stick out like a sore thumb, owing to the probably limited numbers of cellphones nearby.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Northridge isn’t rural

      It’s in the San Fernando Valley, part of the City of Los Angeles. Just a few million people nearby, including the Kardashians.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Northridge isn’t rural

        Yeah I know Northridge well, which is where one of the suspects lives but I’m guessing not where the robberies took actual place. If the thefts occurred on the freeway in a more remote location he’s right they would be easy to identify through their mobiles.being present.

        1. Orv Silver badge

          Re: Northridge isn’t rural

          In some ways it works the other way 'round -- if you're in an urban area and you hit a 5G microcel it's easy to know your location to within a few blocks. If you're in a rural area you might be on a tower that covers ten miles or more.

          There was a case in rural California where the cops tried to use a cell phone tower ping as evidence that someone was at the location of a crime...problem was only one tower covered the whole town, which the suspect lived in, so the chances of his phone hitting that tower were 100% whether he was involved or not.

  3. MiguelC Silver badge

    US retailers lose about $700,000 per every $1 billion in sales to organized retail crime

    So, 0,07%? The number doesn't seem so big now, does it....

  4. PhilipN Silver badge

    White collar enhancement ….?

    Yup. It’s a thing (had to look it up).

  5. captain veg Silver badge

    no title

    "The four men stole Acer products from Microsoft lorries"

    So, shoddy and shoddier?


    1. Antron Argaiv Silver badge
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      Re: no title

      Should have looked for computer recyclers who had old IBM Model M keyboards, which now go for $100+

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