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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Soulskill posted about 2 months ago | from the modern-crime-fighting dept.

Crime 450

New submitter Lew Lorton notes a NY Times story about a thief in New York City who was tracked and located using a GPS device inside a decoy pill bottle he had stolen (along with other pill bottles) from a pharmacy. When police confronted the thief, he raised a gun to shoot at an officer, and was killed "The decoy bottles were introduced last year by the police commissioner at the time, Raymond W. Kelly, who announced that the department would begin to stock pharmacy shelves with decoy bottles of painkillers containing GPS devices. The initiative was in response to a sharp increase of armed and often deadly pharmacy robberies across the state, frequently by people addicted to painkillers. ... The bottles are designed to be weighted and to rattle when shaken, so a thief does not initially realize they do not contain pills. Each of the decoy bottles sits atop a special base, and when the bottle is lifted from the base, it begins to emit a tracking signal."

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450 comments

use a foil-lined bag. (5, Informative)

retchdog (1319261) | about 2 months ago | (#47026521)

[n/t]

ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (-1, Troll)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 months ago | (#47026555)

God bless America. A righteous land among the nations, where the police are angels of God's judgement!

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0, Flamebait)

compucomp2 (1776668) | about 2 months ago | (#47026571)

You're a complete moron, in no country will the police not shoot someone who has raised a gun at them. What do you want the police to do, let the dude shoot them?

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (5, Insightful)

spiritplumber (1944222) | about 2 months ago | (#47026603)

Yeah, if there's one time when lethal force is justified, it's this. Doesn't excuse scumbags tazing grannies, but kudos to this officer for handling a dangerous situation optimally.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026735)

Actually the cop will be disciplined and demoted as that is one less body for his corporate overlords to make a profit off in a private jail.

British cops will. Bring a whistle to a gunfight? (0, Offtopic)

raymorris (2726007) | about 2 months ago | (#47026611)

Nm

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026675)

You're a complete moron, in no country will the police not shoot someone who has raised a gun at them.

In Britain, the police have to call in backup who carry guns. The regular patrolmen only get nightsticks and whistles.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026687)

In Britain, the regular patrolmen are not tracking GPS devices in pill bottles. That would be the special police forces, who do carry weapons.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026723)

Seriously, the patrolmen don't have guns? What if someone shoots at them?
"Sir, I don't have a gun. Would you please don't shoot at me until my associates arrive?"

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (4, Informative)

tapi0 (2805569) | about 2 months ago | (#47026761)

Generally, people don't shoot at them. Strange concept relating to NOT HAVING SO MANY F***ING GUNS.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (4, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 months ago | (#47026799)

Maybe it's an outlandish concept to some, but in most civilized countries police doesn't deem it necessary to carry guns to protect themselves from the rest of society. They tend to expect society to work WITH them, not AGAINST them.

Of course, it's usually different in dictatorships.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026909)

Realistically, in other countries, they trade firearms for an effective police department that actually goes after criminals. Here in the US, cities prize their commercial sports teams, so basic services get the scraps of what's left. That is why, if there is a home invasion, pretty much you are at the mercy of the intruder in most of the US.

People talk about shooting burglars, but most places, they have more rights than the homeowner, and a shot burglar usually means the homeowner is going to prison for a long time, not the intruder.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (2)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | about 2 months ago | (#47027001)

It rarely happens. A beat officer is unlikely to ever find themselves facing a suspect armed with a firearm in the UK. Most gun crime in the UK is gang-on-gang, they seldom use guns against the police. Which isn't to say that it never happens, but when it does it's noteworthy simply because of its rarity. The other times you get armed suspect will be hostage type situations, at which point armed officers automatically get deployed anyway.

The only place you'll find routinely armed police officers in the UK are at airports, MOD plods (civilian police responsible for policing MOD property), and the CNC (Civil Nuclear Constabulary - responsible for policing nuclear establishments in the UK).

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026925)

"Don't shoot or I'll yell, don't shoot again!"

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026755)

In most countries thiefs has no gun to raise.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (1, Informative)

m00sh (2538182) | about 2 months ago | (#47026843)

You're a complete moron, in no country will the police not shoot someone who has raised a gun at them. What do you want the police to do, let the dude shoot them?

There is no video showing that the guy raised his gun. Note that he didn't actually fire, just raised his gun.

Police will shoot and kill first and then say yeah, he raised his gun. Then, people like you will say, umm, its justified and be happy.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 2 months ago | (#47026907)

exactly, I mean this armed criminal just robbed a pharmacy, but lets give him the benefit of the doubt....

I agree with you in principle, but this case looks to be pretty clearcut

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026581)

Corny, you're losing it big time.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 months ago | (#47027037)

I think you need to have your satire module re-calibrated, Unit AC.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (-1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 2 months ago | (#47026877)

I will have to reserve judgement as there are many very significant facts which are unclear. Foremost among them: what was the perpetrator's race? Far from being prejudicial or bigoted, this is very important information about his motivations and chance of recidivism. Barring a civilized scientific society wherein everyone is fMRI-scanned at all times for just this purpose, it is our social and financial responsibility to use all available data in evaluating the worth of individual humanity.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (1)

HairyNevus (992803) | about 2 months ago | (#47026949)

I know there's a lot of sentiment in that regard [theonion.com] -- in general. But this isn't the time or place.

Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 months ago | (#47027031)

Why? Because COPS SAID SO.

Bullshit.

Re:use a foil-lined bag. (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 2 months ago | (#47026897)

exactly. Now that they have played their card, criminals will simply line the bags as to block the GPS signal, its not that hard to do

PC leftist crowd, ignore not; (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026523)

Evidence points to this guy having committed armed robbery against other pharmacies on at least 4 other occasions, in addition to drawing a firearm against police officers when caught. Take this into consideration before you start to blame guns, cops etc. for him dying.

Re:PC leftist crowd, ignore not; (5, Interesting)

Improv (2467) | about 2 months ago | (#47026869)

Not all of us on the left have a problem with this.

Re:PC leftist crowd, ignore not; (4, Insightful)

ultranova (717540) | about 2 months ago | (#47026979)

Evidence points to this guy having committed armed robbery against other pharmacies on at least 4 other occasions, in addition to drawing a firearm against police officers when caught. Take this into consideration before you start to blame guns, cops etc. for him dying.

Hmm. You left out the 16-year prison sentence the guy already had behind him for "sexual abuse and robbery convictions", which seems odd for someone genuinely defending the police here. You also jump to the rather ridiculous conclusion that there's a "PC leftist crowd" ready to condemn the police for shooting an armed nutcase who pulled a gun on them. Are you simply a troll hoping to initiate a left-right tribal battle over what seems a pretty clear case of a violent career criminal making his final mistake?

That said, we could once again blame the War on Drugs, which makes it profitable to rob damn painkillers at gunpoint. If people who want high could get high legally, and people who want to get completely messed up could do so in licensed places with medical and security staff, we wouldn't have to deal with this kind of shit. Nor would places like Mexico need to deal with their derived problems.

Didn't deserve to die... (5, Insightful)

weave (48069) | about 2 months ago | (#47026525)

OK let's get this out of the way...

He didn't deserve to die for stealing the pills... ... but soon as he chose to put the life of an officer in danger instead of surrendering, then he did.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (2)

Known Nutter (988758) | about 2 months ago | (#47026541)

But, but... society forced him to steal the pills and carry a gun!

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026639)

Hardly. He chose a shit drug that causes horrible withdrawals(providing it was a codeine of some sort) and then chose to rob a pharmacy to get it. Then on top of that made an even DUMBER decision to raise a gun to the police. Tell me how this was society forcing him.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (1)

Smallpond (221300) | about 2 months ago | (#47026691)

There are no withdrawal symptoms from GPS devices.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026727)

Nobody suggested otherwise.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026743)

Not exactly. If he had succeeded in killing the cop, and was later arrested, he would probably have been sentenced to life in prison.

The officer killed him in self defense. Although the officer's actions were justified, self defense is not the normal justice system. If he had gone through a normal trial, for commiting a single murder, his punishment would have been different.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 2 months ago | (#47026923)

cop killing for some reason is considered 1st degree murder, and can carry the death penalty

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026773)

He didn't deserve to die for stealing the pills... ... but soon as he chose to put the life of an officer in danger instead of surrendering, then he did.

No, he didn't deserve to die for that, either.

What he would've deserved for that is a fair and impartial trial, with a verdict handed down in accordance with the law, and, if found guilty, a fair sentence (which, depending on your opinion on such matters, might include the death penalty).

The officer who killed him, meanwhile, acted in self-defense. And that's nothing one could blame him for, but to say that the robber deserved to die is a very, very different thing.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 months ago | (#47026835)

What he would've deserved for that is a fair and impartial trial, with a verdict handed down in accordance with the law, and, if found guilty, a fair sentence (which, depending on your opinion on such matters, might include the death penalty).

And yet get ready for the chorus of people who will say we should have just had a hunter-killer drone in the sky to take this guy out rather than endanger the lives of officers.

A chorus of voters.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (1)

Mr D from 63 (3395377) | about 2 months ago | (#47027025)

It depends on how you define 'deserve'. If you define it as getting the appropriate & expected result of one's actions, then I'd say he deserved it, as you should expect to get killed if you raise a gun at a cop. If by deserve you mean he got an appropriate punishment for his action, then I'd say he didn't deserve it.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (1)

ooshna (1654125) | about 2 months ago | (#47026985)

If a criminal points a gun at an officer they are pretty much waving their rights to a trial, hell they are waving their rights to live at that point. Police officers deal will dangerous people everyday and every year police officers die in the line of duty. If I was a cop I wouldn't think twice at shooting someone pointing a gun at me. At that point is it really worth risking the chance that the other person is just bluffing?

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026825)

Republicans hate people that use drugs, and they want all of them murdered. A second best is to put them in a corporate prison run by a Republican. That is what they want for everyone that disagrees with them. In this case, yet another one of their violent employees decided to kill a drug user.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (5, Insightful)

dcollins (135727) | about 2 months ago | (#47026857)

"police officials said"

And police never gun down unthreatening people, and never lie about it afterward. Just sayin': you can't have anywhere close to 100% confidence about these cases.

If I was on a jury I'd need video corroboration before believing anything asserted by police.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (4, Insightful)

rk (6314) | about 2 months ago | (#47026937)

Well, in the US anyways, we have this concept called "innocent until proven guilty*" and that cuts both ways. Believe me, I'm no fan of the direction of modern "law enforcement" with its increasingly paramilitary outlook, and I don't trust the police** much at all. But on a jury? If there's no evidence they're lying, you shouldn't convict because they might be lying.

* - I know. I've been on enough juries to know this is laughable in the real world. If I'm ever accused of a crime, I will waive my right to jury trial unless I'm going for the hail mary of jury nullification.

** - but I don't trust organizations of any kind. YMMV. I trust in individuals, and there are a couple cops out there who have earned it from me.

Re:Didn't deserve to die... (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | about 2 months ago | (#47026957)

Apparently he was stealing Viagra, the cop had no right to come between a man and his lifesaving medication.

Appropriate spying. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026529)

nt

Huge flaw? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026533)

Couldn't they just check all the bottles before lifting them off their base then throw the decoys/base in someone else's bin?

or not commit robberies and burglaries (5, Informative)

raymorris (2726007) | about 2 months ago | (#47026653)

One could do that. Another common method of avoiding decoys is to avoid committing robbery and burglary. Felony crime as a career path doesn't tend to attract the brightest and most careful practitioners.

Re:Huge flaw? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026667)

Think that one through just a little longer.

Re: Huge flaw? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026705)

Most criminals are not that smart. Pharmacy robbing drug addicts even less so.

Re: Huge flaw? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026995)

Most people who are smarter than pharmacy robbing drug addicts would still get caught by this, due to the intensity of the situation making it difficult to think clearly. Never mind that GPS-trapped decoy pill bottles probably aren't common knowledge.

Re:Huge flaw? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 months ago | (#47026841)

Now take a wild guess what's going to happen next. Thieves are not dumb and word gets around.

That's a bit like the trojan horse. A great idea that worked. Once. Never has since. This actually MIGHT work a few times, but eventually thieves will either find a way to disable the decoys or avoid them.

In general, I expect the development of that tracking toy to cost more than it will eventually prevent in crimes. That's going to work a few times, the dumber thieves will bite it, and in the end you'll soon end up with pharmacies robbed where the tracking device is being left behind as a "fuck you" statement.

Re:Huge flaw? (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 2 months ago | (#47026981)

That requires the robbers to take time to inspect the bottles, or develop some quick method of identifying them (which is probably very difficult). Either way, it makes committing a robbery more difficult, which is the real point. You can't stop crime, not without truly draconian measures. You can, however, make it difficult enough for it to not be an enticing prospect for criminals or potential criminals.

Interesting concept (3, Interesting)

scottbomb (1290580) | about 2 months ago | (#47026547)

The usual story burglary victims hear is that they'll likely never get their stuff back. I can install a GPS transmitter inside one of my computers or my guitar. As a ham radio operator, I can use APRS which is trackable almost anywhere. Very interesting.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

pauljlucas (529435) | about 2 months ago | (#47026601)

I can install a GPS transmitter inside one of my computers or my guitar. As a ham radio operator, I can use APRS which is trackable almost anywhere.

And they've already got it [thetileapp.com] .

Re:Interesting concept (1)

Animats (122034) | about 2 months ago | (#47026823)

And they've already got it.

No, that's an ad for "Tile". Range 50 to 150 feet to nearest iPhone with the Tile app. Lifespan of one year.

It's another one of those "preorder" scams - pay now, get delivery someday, maybe. "With your help, 49,586 backers preordered Tiles totaling $2,681,297." They're vague about how many were actually delivered.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

AaronW (33736) | about 2 months ago | (#47026903)

I alreay use a product called Stick'n'Find. It's like Tile except it has a user-replacable battery and is available now. It also supports Android. It also provides a SDK and will sense temperature.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 months ago | (#47026811)

The usual story burglary victims hear is that they'll likely never get their stuff back. I can install a GPS transmitter inside one of my computers or my guitar.

You still won't get it back. The police will file a report and put the report in storage.

Unless you have a lawyer write a letter to the police. Then they will act quickly to find it.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

dcollins (135727) | about 2 months ago | (#47026839)

But none of that stuff counts as "drug war", so it's still not a priority and the cops still won't get it back for you. This has been demonstrated many times already with phone and laptop tracking apps.

What a crap of title... (5, Insightful)

Lisias (447563) | about 2 months ago | (#47026559)

The thief was killed because he raised a gun to an officer, not because he was tracked down by GPS.

Can we mod a submission as "-1 TROLL"?

Re:What a crap of title... (1)

evilviper (135110) | about 2 months ago | (#47026635)

And here I thought it was saying GPS has a "kill all humans" function.

Or perhaps, much like radioactive exposure, the act of tracking someone with GPS, kills THEM!

Re:What a crap of title... (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 months ago | (#47026911)

And here I thought it was saying GPS has a "kill all humans" function.

It does - but your phone has to be jailbroken before you can access it.

Re:What a crap of title... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026659)

We need to mod editors, not submissions. The submitters are not paid, the editors are (for God knows what).

Slashdot has been a third rate news site for some time. This example shows again why it is dead and mostly useless.

Re:What a crap of title... (3, Informative)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 2 months ago | (#47026661)

It's the headline the NYT used... As is normal, the "story submission" is straight cut-and-paste.

Re:What a crap of title... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026765)

The title said "and", not "because". Confusing "and" with "because" is confusing correlation with causation.

Re:What a crap of title... (1)

bitt3n (941736) | about 2 months ago | (#47026821)

The thief was killed because he raised a gun to an officer, not because he was tracked down by GPS.

Can we mod a submission as "-1 TROLL"?

I look forward to next week's headline "Robbery Suspect Noticed Wearing Hawaiian Shirt and Killed"

Re:What a crap of title... (1, Insightful)

m00sh (2538182) | about 2 months ago | (#47026827)

The thief was killed because he raised a gun to an officer, not because he was tracked down by GPS.

Can we mod a submission as "-1 TROLL"?

After the police kill someone, they will always say the suspect raised a gun at an officer or tried to use some other deadly force.

The point is that the police knew where he was and he didn't know that the police knew. Instead of dealing with the situation where nobody gets hurt, the police decided to just kill the guy. Maybe he was in traffic driving and the police didn't want to risk a deadly chase.

What if in the future, a robber takes the GPS and then throws it in some other person's car. What if the police then kill the other person by mistake? The police have nothing but a GPS location and will kill at even the slightest gesture that they perceive to be a threat.

Re:What a crap of title... (1, Informative)

Improv (2467) | about 2 months ago | (#47026889)

Police do a necessary and often thankless job at high risk to themselves. If a policeman needs to arrest you, it's best not to make them feel unsafe.

Re:What a crap of title... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 2 months ago | (#47026945)

well if someone threw the GPS in my car, just a guess, but i dont think the first thing id do is pull a gun on them

Re:What a crap of title... (3, Informative)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 months ago | (#47026899)

It gets better - in the sidebar, I've see two submissions like this: "New functionality at Google Maps" ... "Robbery Suspect Tracked by GPS and Killed". ;-)

K. S. Kyosuke gets called out & ran (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026967)

From a fair challenge like a chickenshit blowhard http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

Re:What a crap of title... (1)

houghi (78078) | about 2 months ago | (#47026971)

As the police never lies about these kind of things, I am sure that is what happend and not just some trigger happy police officer.

Re:What a crap of title... (1)

Thruen (753567) | about 2 months ago | (#47027029)

Agreed. With the recent headline about people using "Find my iPhone" to track down criminals, this headline made me immediately think somebody had their phone stolen so they loaded up their gun and went criminal hunting. Headline should read, "Police act reasonably, suspect not so much."

A lot of screwed up stuff in this story ... (3, Insightful)

Richard W.M. Jones (591125) | about 2 months ago | (#47026563)

People are becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. They cannot just buy these products. Therefore they (or others) have to rob them. Men worry about "erectile disfunction" because of advertising. Robbers steal the same products that are advertised for this. Guns are widely available in the US. Guns are used to commit these robberies. Police shoot the suspect because he's carrying a gun.

The decoy pill bottle is just a symptom in all this.

Re:A lot of screwed up stuff in this story ... (2)

russotto (537200) | about 2 months ago | (#47026679)

Yeah, meanwhile I'm sitting here on a bunch of broken bones, carefully rationing my painkillers because if I ask for more I'll be put on the DEA drug-seekers list and be dispensed nothing stronger than acetaminophen for the rest of my life. (NSAIDs are contraindicated for broken bones, BTW

Drug laws suck. Still doesn't mean armed robbers ought to be excused, particularly armed robbers dumb enough to pull a gun on the cops.

Re:A lot of screwed up stuff in this story ... (1)

fnj (64210) | about 2 months ago | (#47026737)

Yes. Absolute zip to do with the Darwin award for drawing down on a cop, but prohibition is just as stupid today as it was in 1920-33. Stupid as in none of anybody's fucking business what someone puts in their own body - liquor, funny kind of smoke, or drugs. THe ones who deserve to be kicked and stoned to death are the oh-so-superior thug assholes who champion prohibition.

Now there's... (1, Insightful)

MitchDev (2526834) | about 2 months ago | (#47026583)

... a use GPS devices I can support.

Re:Now there's... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026651)

But... someone puts a GPS tracker in their $500...$1000...$10000 bike (laptop, ipad, smart phone, etc), it gets nicked, and the cops won't lift a finger to go find the bike, even though the owner says, "here it is, please go get it back for me". So, the owner decides to. Maybe the owner gets killed, maybe the thief gets killed (and the owner charged with manslaughter...mans laughter).

What a straaange world.

welcome to the next boom (2)

recharged95 (782975) | about 2 months ago | (#47026589)

The pill bottle is an example of the coming Internet or things.

Much like drones and big data, there's lots of policy to abuse, and much ethics to be discussed... Much like the last boom with wireless and content (rights management).

but, but what about privacy (0)

alen (225700) | about 2 months ago | (#47026605)

of the perp

the police tracked him down with no search warrant

Re:but, but what about privacy (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 2 months ago | (#47026645)

the police tracked him down with no search warrant

No they didn't. They tracked the pill bottle. Same way I would use Find My iPhone if somebody took my phone, then go kick in his door.

Yes they did (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | about 2 months ago | (#47026719)

Yes they did, or at least that's one of the often used reasons why police won't follow up on a "find my phone" app location given to them on a silver platter by the owner of the telephone. Maybe we need to have a clear look at what constitutes "tracking" and what not?

Re:Yes they did (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 2 months ago | (#47027035)

Regardless, I'm still going to kick in the door.

Re:but, but what about privacy (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 months ago | (#47026715)

Forget the perp. That GPS pill bottle has to remain active all the time. So while it's not being stolen, the police are tracking the location of the PHARMACY. 24/7! They never don't know where the pharmacy isn't!

Re:but, but what about privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026785)

RTFA

The GPS is inactive, probably to remove the need for battery maintenance more than any other reason including privacy, until the bottle is removed from the base unit.

good idea (1)

defective_warthog (776271) | about 2 months ago | (#47026625)

Seems like a good idea to me.
The theif didn't have to raise his gun at a cop. Who wouldn't shoot at someone pointing a gun at them?

But they won't track down and tase phone thieves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026633)

Built-in GPS and software to do it. No bother.

Re:But they won't track down and tase phone thieve (1)

PPH (736903) | about 2 months ago | (#47026663)

No money in it for the manufacturers to sell replacements.

Another casualty of the War on Drugs (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026641)

For all you statists here who want to government to decide what you can and can't put into your own body, I hope you're happy. This high-speed chase and shooting wouldn't have happened without the ridiculous requirement to have a prescription for certain things people willingly choose to ingest.

Re:Another casualty of the War on Drugs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026731)

Only a pothead could defend a criminal who stole products. What the fuck is wrong with you? Oh right, a permanent reduction of grey matter due to marijuana abuse.

Glad the War on Drugs is making life miserable for people like yourself. If you want the ultimate high, consider suicide and save taxpayers some money.

Re:Another casualty of the War on Drugs (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 months ago | (#47026867)

And who are you to keep him from eliminating himself from the gene pool in the way he chooses works best for him?

Fuck, let people snort, sniff, shoot and smoke themselves to grave and back, for all I care, give them MORE of the stuff! If this planet has more than it can take of one thing, it's humans!

Re:Another casualty of the War on Drugs (4, Insightful)

fnj (64210) | about 2 months ago | (#47026763)

Completely aside from the most basic human right of all - dominion over your own body - you would think anyone with a functioning brain would have learned from Prohibition, but scum-sucking power freaks and those who countenance and support them will never get it.

Re:Another casualty of the War on Drugs (5, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 months ago | (#47026881)

you would think anyone with a functioning brain would have learned from Prohibition

Oh, they learned it well. They learned about how many cops they could hire, how big of a buracracy they need, how many prisons are built and staffed, how the power balance turns against the "citizens" (and, amazingly, they even get other "citizens" to cheer them on) and how much easier it is to go after people for other prosecutions once you nail them for a vice.

The brain malfunction is among the people who don't see this as a War on the People.

Re:Another casualty of the War on Drugs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026793)

For all you statists here who want to government to decide what you can and can't put into your own body, I hope you're happy. This high-speed chase and shooting wouldn't have happened without the ridiculous requirement to have a prescription for certain things people willingly choose to ingest.

Quoted for inconvenient truth.

Re:Another casualty of the War on Drugs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026837)

He was sitting in traffic, so there goes your argument about the dangers of a public chase. He was also shot after drawing his weapon on the police, before they saw a single drug bottle. That would happen to a priest who was simply making a joke by wielding a weapon. Your war on drugs argument has nothing to do with this article. An Armed Robber killed after threatening police. That's it.

Only works if (1)

tiny69 (34486) | about 2 months ago | (#47026711)

... the criminals are not aware of what is being done. Good job NYT for letting the cat out of the bag.

Re:Only works if (2)

aviators99 (895782) | about 2 months ago | (#47026879)

the criminals are not aware of what is being done. Good job NYT for letting the cat out of the bag.

True. This is a technology that gets less useful the more it is used. Even if you're an idiot crook, you don't have to be a genius to understand when your crook buddy says, "Hey, I got popped for taking the drugs that are on the special holder. Don't take those."

Re:Only works if (1)

Known Nutter (988758) | about 2 months ago | (#47026883)

Good job NYT for letting the cat out of the bag.

Of course you realize it was an unauthorized NYPD official who let the cat out of the bag, and not the NYT, right?

The decoy bottle was among a cache of drugs taken in an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m. from HealthSource Pharmacy, at Second Avenue and East 68th Street, according to a police official, who was not authorized to speak about the investigation.

Re:Only works if (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | about 2 months ago | (#47026927)

Sounds like it's not too easy to find or block the transmitter, so they probably want the message out there to deter dangerous thieves from bothering them.

Wonderful! Another dead drug addict. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026721)

Nothing will solve our problems faster than throwing out the trash.

Glad to see technology helping law enforcement in a positive way.

How Old School! (1)

Jim Sadler (3430529) | about 2 months ago | (#47026739)

It would have been far better if a drone had gunned him down. That way the cop would not have been at risk.

Blue or Red pill? (1)

Chad Smith (3448823) | about 2 months ago | (#47026777)

You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in prison... You take the red pill - get tracked by GPS and Killed.

Good. (1)

WillyWanker (1502057) | about 2 months ago | (#47026789)

Nothing more to add than that.

Why reveal the trick? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47026929)

Although we could safely say that those kind of robbers aren't the most literate, why explain the trick of the decoy?

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