Man finds police tracking devices in cars – 200
A New Zealand man under covert electronic surveillance by police turned the tables on his snoopers by attempting to sell tracking kit he found in his car.
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A police operation to covertly follow a man came to an abrupt halt when the man found tracking devices planted in his car, ripped them out, and listed them for sale on Trade Me.
Ralph Williams, of Cromwell, said he found the devices last week in his daughter’s car, which he uses, and in his flatmate’s car, when the cars were returned by police after being seized and searched.
Police have neither confirmed nor denied they placed the devices. But Mr Williams said a mobile phone Sim card in one of the devices appeared to transmit messages to the mobile phone of Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw, of Central Otago CIB.
Mr Williams also claimed he had e-mails from Mr Shaw saying: “If you have got something of ours it would be good to get it back. You can call me and I can come meet you.”
Mr Williams placed one of the devices on Trade Me with a price of $250. The ad read: “Used government covert surveillance tracking. No police to bid on this …”
A Trade Me spokesman said the listing was removed yesterday “at the request of the New Zealand Police”.
Mr Williams said the cars were seized after an unmarked police car was torched in Alexandra in July. An investigation found nothing on him.