A man accused of burglarizing a home was caught thanks to a GPS tracker he was court-ordered to
Fairfield County investigators said Charlie Horn was wearing an ankle bracelet that tracked his
movements when he allegedly burglarized a home on July 21, CrimeTracker 10's Angela An
Sheriff Dave Phalen said their prime suspect gave investigators their best lead.
"The thing that really made the difference was we realized one of the suspects was on probation
and wearing a GPS tracking unit," Phalen said.
Investigators said Horn denied taking part in the burglary at first, but they were able to track
his movements using the GPS anklet.
The bracelet not only tracked Horn's trip to the home that was burglarized, but tracked his
every move inside the house, An reported.
Horn's bracelet was tracked by a Lancaster company that monitors GPS devices for local
American Court Services technician Chad Harper said people who wear the bracelet are monitored
to make sure they do not go beyond an invisible border.
Local courts give the company a range of how far an offender is allowed to travel.
"So for each little dot, that's in correspondence to where he's standing," Harper said. "We can
track them 24-7."
Phalen said Horn's tracked movements were as good as fingerprints at a crime scene.
"It's remarkable technology, and solves countless crimes every year," he said. "Sometimes these
individuals are not thinking very clearly."
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