GPS tracker device helps prosecution of burglar


Stuart Campbell, a 42-year-old professional burglar, from Havant, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court to five burglaries in Waterlooville, which he committed hours after having a GPS tracker fitted to his leg following his release from prison. He asked for further twelve burglaries to be taken into consideration. He was sentenced to eight years in prison today.

Following the sentence, James Kellam, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex said: "Stuart Campbell is a prolific burglar with an appalling criminal history, having been before the courts 31 times for a total of 179 offences between 1987 and 2014."

Stuart Campbell's last conviction was in 2014 for three offences of burglary, for which he was imprisoned for six years.

He was released from HMP Winchester on 21 June 2017 and upon his release, he voluntary agreed to have a GPS tracker fitted to his leg which the Integrated Offender Management Unit would monitor. The device was fitted on 23 June at 11am and despite Campbell failing to charge it as instructed the device was operational until 24 June 2017.

Mr Kellam said: "The night after the tracker was fitted, Mr Campbell committed five burglaries in a residential area of Waterlooville. Stealing mainly contents of handbags, keys, credit cards & cash. He then got rid of the tracker by cutting it off.

"When analysing the data from the tracker the Integrated Offender Management Unit was able to trace Campbell's movement before he discarded the device. The data placed him at the scene of each and every burglary with which he was charged.

"Faced with the compelling evidence provided to us by Hampshire Police, he was left with no choice but to plead guilty.

"This case, which we believe is the first in which data from a GPS tracker has been used to secure a conviction, demonstrates how advancing technologies help us build stronger cases to put before the court."