GPS on iPad leads to stolen cars, guns

Deputies uncover thousands of dollars in stolen goods in South, East Bexar County


BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A police chase ultimately led to the discovery of several stolen cars and weapons near St. Hedwig on Tuesday.

But what led to the discovery began hours early near Von Ormy, authorities said.

A Bexar County Sheriff's deputy tried to pull over a Timothy Mathis, 35, on the 4400 block of Mansion in Von Ormy.

Mathis refused to stop, BCSO officials said, prompting a chase.

"We decided to call that chase off for safety reasons," said BCSO spokesman James Keith.

Mathis allegedly abandoned the car he was initially driving and acquired another stolen vehicle during the pursuit. That second vehicle had a stolen iPad inside, Keith said.

After deputies called off the chase, the rightful owners of the iPad called police, saying they used GPS to track the location of the device.

That led deputies to the 15000 block of New Berlin, near St. Hedwig.

"While they were at the property, they found a stolen car, stolen ATV, three stolen trailers and about $30,000 in stolen items, including some guns," Keith said. "Fortunately, we had that technology that was able to connect those dots."

Deputies returned to the location on Mansion Road where the chase began and continued their discovery.

"Four stolen trailers, a motorcycle that had been stolen, a Mercedes, and roughly $30,000 in more stolen items," Keith said.

Mathis was arrested and will be charged with theft. Its unclear if any more arrests will be made in this case.

BCSO is now investigating how the stolen property was being used and to whom the items belong. 

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