Police used a GPS signal to track vehicle allegedly taken by Patrick Lee Staley, 45.

Last updated: April 25. 2013 11:48PM - 3022 Views
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SHICKSHINNY — Police zeroed in on a stolen car by its GPS signal and arrested a homeless man on vehicular-theft charges for the second time in two months, according to court records.

Police said Luzerne County 911 was tracking a signal from a GPS unit in a 2005 Chrysler stolen from Town and Country Auto Sales on Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Police spotted the vehicle, allegedly driven by Patrick Lee Staley, 45, in a parking lot of Family Dollar just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Staley was followed by police to a towing business on Route 11. Staley left the towing business and headed south on Route 11 toward Salem Township.

Police said Staley realized he was being followed and accelerated, prompting a pursuit through Salem Township and into Shickshinny on Route 239.

Staley was arrested when he stopped after the car struck a curb in the area of West Union and Baer streets, police said.

Staley allegedly told police he stole the Chrysler after finding the ignition key on the front seat. He said he drove to Kmart at the Blackman Street Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township, where he replaced the license plate with another plate he took from a Plymouth, according to the criminal complaint.

Staley was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on four counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude authorities, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, criminal mischief, and two traffic violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 8.

Court records say Staley is facing a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle after he allegedly stole a 2003 Ford Taurus from the Sunoco service station on Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township, on March 12.

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