Apr 242010
 April 24, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Carl Burnett Jr. reports:

A legal argument about the methods police used to arrest two men after they allegedly invaded a home, killed a dog and stole items could derail the entire case.

Whether law enforcement personnel can put a GPS device on a suspect’s vehicle without obtaining a search warrant beforehand is an issue that was brought to Fairfield County Common Pleas Court on Friday.


[Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Rick] Minerd said police did not have enough evidence for a warrant or to arrest the two at the time the device was put on the car.

Minerd said the device was put on the car while it was parked in a lot and not on private property.

During the next nine days, Minerd said he could bring up the tracking system on his laptop computer and continued to track where the car went.

Read more on the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

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