Teens leaving their backpacks unattended is timeless. But a new technology helped Fredericksburg parents recover the loot Thursday afternoon and help apprehend the suspects, according to Fredericksburg Police.
An off-duty sergeant with the department was picking his son up from cross country practice at James Monroe High School when he learned that his son's backpack had been stolen, along with another student's bag.
The teens had left their bags near a back entrance of the school. One of the bags included a cell-phone tracking system, and the officer and another parent were able to use the device to find the bags.
On-duty officers were able to recover the property and arrest two men in connection with the crime, according to police.
Gerry Turner, 32, and Deangelo Anderson, 28, were both arrested and charged with felony larceny. Anderson was also wanted on outstanding charges from King George and Spotsylvania Counties for failure to appear in court.