GPS tracks stolen SUV, Wash.

March 22, 2001
(YAKIMA, Wash.) – Two brothers who allegedly robbed an apple grower of money, jewelry and valuables and fled with the loot in his Sports Utility Vehicle were arrested after the vehicle’s Global Positioning System led police to it.

The young men were allegedly recruited by a former employee of Tom Hanses and ordered to kill him and to steal his Italian sports car. But police say they went for the SUV because they thought it would be easier to sell.

Hanses is a co-owner of Washington Fruit and Produce.

Hanses was ambushed early Tuesday inside his gated community by a pair wearing ski masks who ordered hinm at gunpoint to open the safe in his house. The robbers also took antiques and art. They left Hanses tied up.

After they took off, Hanses was able to free himself and get to a neighbor’s house, where he called police.

Investigators say that the man who arranged the holdup and gave the robbers the access code to the development’s gate had a grudge against his former employer. The two suspects told police that they were not interested in killing anyone and took unloaded guns to the house.

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