GPS tracker leads police to Jonesboro car thief

GPS tracker leads police to Jonesboro car thief

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A thief moved in on a Jonesboro woman's car while she left it warming up for a split second.

According to a Jonesboro police report, the 25-year-old said she heard the engine rev up, ran outside, and saw someone driving off in her Chevrolet Impala in the 1000-block of Main Street.

Police called Pay Less Auto Sales, the company the woman was renting the car from.

Relying on GPS, the company tracked down the vehicle at a home in the 400-block of Steele Street.  There police arrested Mario Zepeda, 18, of Jonesboro, after a man living in the home claimed Zepeda was the one who drove the car to the house.

According to the report, while police searched Zepeda, they found a stolen debit card linked to another vehicle theft that happened earlier in the week.

Zepeda was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he faced charges for theft of vehicle X2, theft of credit/debit card, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

He is expected in court Feb. 1, 2016.

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