Anchorage man says GPS tracker in auto start helped locate stolen vehicle

Published: Apr. 22, 2017 at 8:38 PM AKDT
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With the help of a GPS tracker and the vehicle's owner, Anchorage police were able to track down what appeared to be a stolen vehicle early Saturday afternoon.

"I was kind of following them on the app, walking them through where the vehicle was going," Forrest Larson said.

Larson says he first noticed his car was missing just after 10 o'clock in the morning as he was leaving for work.

After checking to see if his car got towed, he says he filed a police report.

It was then Larson says he got creative utilizing his auto start to guide police to his car located at the intersection of Denali and 36th Avenue.

"I didn't have the plan on the auto start for the vehicle, there's a plan on it that has GPS. I had to change it to that plan and then found out where they were, made sure they were in the area. Just kind of did a drive by to see if they were there and then contacted the police," he said.

Anchorage police say it took about 3 minutes to box in the car and take the two people inside into custody.

KTUU asked APD for more information about possible charges.

Dispatch said one person was taken to jail, although it's unclear whether they were taken to jail because of warrants or because of this incident.