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Police caught burglary suspects thanks to a GPS signal in cough syrup


On November 10, two people stole a bottle of cough syrup from Creative Compounding Pharmacy in Tustin, Calif.

But police had put a GPS in the bottle, and a few weeks later, Willie Clark, 21, and Brian Salinas, 20, were arrested and charged with burglary, the Los Angeles Times reports.

City police spokesman Lt. Robert Wright said police had decided to start bugging cough syrup bottles after six pharmacies in the area were burglarized this year.  Creative Compounding was  be the first trial run.

The technology allows us to secrete the system in a variety of items and is only limited by our imagination.
Tustin Police Department

Police have added GPS signals to other odd products before, CNET reports, including bikes, shoes and even "bullets."

However, it's an expensive strategy, so don't expect every bottle of pills to be bugged.

Here's a look at the suspects.

What do you think of the tiny GPS tracker?

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