Thu, Feb 22, 2007 - Page 10 News List

Thieving muppets caught out by their loot 無知小偷 自露馬腳

Have you ever seen a global positioning system (GPS) receiver in a car or taxi?

GPS helps drivers to find their way, a bit like a talking map. The system works by using satellites to find out where the GPS receiver, and the car it is in, is.

Thieves who stole GPS receivers from a warehouse in New York state were caught after police turned on the tracking devices to find out where they were!

The 14 GPS receivers were stolen from a warehouse in Babylon, New York. The town had planned to use them to track its vehicles.

Police and city staff said they turned the GPS receivers on by remote control and were led to the home of one of the culprits who was found fiddling with one of them.

“The GPS device is quite [useful] when we are looking for something. Within 48 hours, we had the [people] under arrest for this [crime],” said Inspector Robert Casagne.

The thieves believed they had stolen cell phones and planned to sell them, he said.

 (Catherine Thomas , staff writer with AFP)

你曾經在汽車或計程車上看過全球定位系統接收器(GPS)嗎?

GPS幫助駕駛辨識方向,有點像會說話的地圖。這套系統藉由衛星找出GPS接收器和車輛所在位置。

這群在紐約州一間倉庫盜取GPS接收器的小偷,在警方開啟追蹤裝置後,便被查出行蹤並遭逮捕。

十四只GPS接收器從紐約巴比倫的一間倉庫被偷。巴比倫鎮打算用這些接收器來追蹤車輛。

警方和市府官員表示,他們以遙控開啟GPS接收器,找到其中一名罪犯的住家,當時他正在家中把玩一只接收器。

督察羅伯特.卡薩恩奈表示︰「我們在找失物時,GPS裝置派上用場,四十八小時內我們就逮捕了這名罪犯。」

他表示,這群小偷以為自己偷的是手機,還打算出售脫手。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Word 今日單字

1. global adj.

全球的 (quan2 qiu2 de5)

例: Global warming is a worry for all of us.

(全球暖化讓我們所有人擔憂。)

2. position v.t.

放在適當位置 (fang4 zai4 shi4 dang4 wei4 zhi4)

例: Sally positioned her trophy on the mantlepiece.

(莎莉將她的獎盃放在壁爐臺上。)

3. satellite n.

衛星 (wei4 xing1)

例: Do you have satellite TV?

(你有衛星電視嗎?)

4. remote control n.

遙控器 (yao2 kong4 qi4)

例: Has anyone seen the remote control for the air conditioner?

(有誰看到冷氣機的遙控器?)

5. culprit n.

罪犯 (zui4 fan4)

例: The headmaster caught and punished the culprits of Friday's practical joke in class.

(校長抓到並且懲處星期五在班上惡作劇的元兇。)


This story has been viewed 2825 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top