Stolen vehicle recovered using victim's GPS

Joseph Perez (Source: Butler County Jail)
Joseph Perez (Source: Butler County Jail)

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Modern technology helped police in Butler County recover a stolen vehicle.

Deputies were called to Martinizing Dry Cleaners on Yankee Road in Liberty Township on Thursday for a report of a car theft. The victim reported that she left her vehicle running while dropping off her laundry and observed it leaving the parking lot as she left.

An employee provided a physical description of a white man wearing a knit hat, walking in the lot just prior to the theft.

Information was received that the victim's cell phone was inside the vehicle and was on.  Dispatchers contacted the cell phone carrier Sprint, and gained authorization to utilize the GPS on the phone. The vehicle was tracked throughout the city of Cincinnati, and through coordination with their Communication Center and Patrol units, the vehicle was located and stopped.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Joseph A. Perez. 34, from Liberty Township.  The passenger was identified as Greg Jones, 22, from Cincinnati.

The investigation revealed that prior to being apprehended, purchases were made at businesses along Mason-Montgomery Road for two $100 gift cards and a DeWalt multi-tool with the victim's credit card.

Perez is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, misuse of a credit card, and has an active warrant through Butler County for receiving stolen property. The Warren County Sheriff's Office shows warrants for fraud/forgery, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Jones was arrested for four warrants through Hamilton County.

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