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Police use hidden GPS device to track stolen toy

Police say they used a GPS device hidden inside a Teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft.

Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a company manager concealed the GPS device inside the bear, placed it in a bag of clothing and tossed it into the collection bin.

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. Police said the manager worked with the officer to update the stuffed animal's location, and a 55-year-old man was stopped and charged with theft by taking, a misdemeanor.

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