Thief caught via owner’s phone tracking app after £35,000 car taken off driveway

A man saw his car pinched after he went back into his house to get his wallet and left the keys in the door. Using an app on his phone he was able to lead the police to the Volvo

Luke Gee stole a Volvo from the driveway of a home

A car owner was shocked to see his £35,000 Volvo being driven from his driveway after he popped back into his house to get his wallet – but his phone tracking app led cops to the thief.

Thanks to the app on his mobile he was able to help police locate the the vehicle within minutes and the “opportunistic thief” was later arrested, reports Birmingham Live.

Luke Gee, 33, of Studley Road, Wolverhampton, was sentenced to 12 months jail suspended for 12 months and banned from the roads for three years after admitting burglary, theft and driving while disqualified.

The victim was about to get in his car on the morning of June 26 this year to go out shopping when he realised he had forgotten his wallet, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

He went back into his house but left his car keys in the door.

“He looked out of his hallway window and saw his Volvo being driven off down his driveway,” said Richard Davenport, prosecuting.

As he drove away Gee clipped another vehicle, damaging a wing mirror on the Volvo.

Mr Davenport said that the owner had a tracking app on his mobile phone and was able to direct police to where the Volvo was.

He also had a recording device on his door bell which had filmed the defendant as he went into the porch.

When officers found the Volvo, Gee reversed when they tried to box him in but he was then arrested and found to be over the alcohol limit.

In passing sentence, Judge Melbourne Inman said the victim had been “doing nothing more than looking forward to going out.”

He said he had “turned his back” and then had the shock of seeing his vehicle being driven off.

The judge said it had been an “opportunistic” burglary.

Geraldine Toal, defending, said Gee had suffered from alcohol problems which had lead to the breakdown of his marriage and that he had lost a good job.

She said he had only gone into the porch to get the keys.

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