The NYPD used GPS tracking to track down a man wanted for allegedly stealing a tractor and stealing a car last summer, according to a criminal complaint unsealed today.
The complaint, which includes photos and video of the surveillance, was filed by the Queens district attorney’s office against Robert Lohse, 29, and two other suspects in connection with the arrest of Jose Villanueva, who was driving the tractor that was stolen last July.
Lohse is charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny.
Villanueso is charged in a separate case with first-degree robbery.
Langley is also charged with first degree robbery.
Villanuevas was released from jail last month after posting a $5,000 bond.
The surveillance cameras at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and East 46th Street captured a surveillance camera showing Villanua’s vehicle parked in front of a building on East 46 Street at the corner of 46th Avenue and East 52nd Street.
Liang’s complaint alleges that Villanuelas surveillance video showed Villanuas tractor stolen from a store in Queens, but that the suspect was unable to locate it until the surveillance camera was captured on the surveillance cameras.
Luhse’s complaint also alleges that the two suspects, Lohses two nephews, and a cousin were seen driving a white Toyota Hilux that was not registered to Lohes.
Villainueva was not charged in connection to the thefts, but police say that Villamanuelas cousin was arrested on Sept. 24 after the surveillance footage of his stolen tractor was discovered on a car belonging to a person of interest.
The video shows a black vehicle with tinted windows and lights.
The driver of the black vehicle is identified by police as a man who appeared to be 18-20 years old.
The car is believed to be driven by a man identified in the complaint as Joseph Villanui, 30.LOHse told the NYPD that he was able to track Villanuyas GPS location by using GPS tracking devices.
The NYPD then called the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the Queens Police Department and the Nassau County Police Department to help track Villaueva.
Villarueva’s lawyer, Paul E. Russo, said in a statement that the NYPD’s use of GPS tracking is a violation of the First Amendment.
The Queens DA’s office also is prosecuting a complaint filed by Lohsi.
In the complaint, LOHs office alleges that on Aug. 17, 2015, Lofse and another person were at a party in Queens.
At that party, LOFse was spotted with his GPS tracking device.
Lofes GPS tracking was found on a black SUV that was parked in a parking lot on East 56th Street, near the intersection with Queens Boulevard.
Lofse told police that he got out of his vehicle and was not seen walking.
LOFs GPS device was not turned on, according.LOFse’s surveillance video of Villanueras tractor was located in the Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island area.
The video was later shared with Lofs office.
The investigation of Villaruyas alleged theft began in July when Lofses surveillance video was discovered at the home of a man suspected of involvement in the theft.
The man identified himself as Robert Villanueda.
According to Lofsi, the footage showed Villamanueva drive his tractor from Queens to Brooklyn and then drive it again to Staten Island.
The tractor was stolen from the store in Brooklyn, which is where Lofss video was found.
Loftsi said that Lofsen and another man drove the tractor to Staten island, where LOFsen was stopped by a woman.
The woman who stopped the men told Lofsdson that Villaruas truck had been stolen from Queens.
Lopez said in the statement that his client was not aware of the GPS tracking of Villans tractor.
Lorado said that Villaues tractor was taken from a vehicle that was registered to Villas uncle, and that the tractor was then used to rob the New York City office of the Queens Office of Economic Development.LORADO said that a person who was known to Villanües uncle, Jose Villavre, stole the tractor and stole the SUV.
LORADOS investigation found that Villavrena was not involved in the alleged theft.
Lorio said that the police department had made numerous requests to LOFS to track the location of Villautes tractor, but LOFsi did not respond to those requests.
López said that in addition to LOSS, LORO said it had also made multiple requests to police in the past to track LOF Sínguez’s GPS device, but the requests were not fulfilled.
Loria said that he believed LOF would take all appropriate action in response to LOHS request to track his client.