Indiana Supreme Court Considers Whether Removing GPS Tracker Is A Crime

A man who removed a secretly installed GPS tracking device from his SUV is making his case to the Indiana Supreme Court. Justices last week heard the case of Derek Heuring, who had a warrant-authorized tracker placed on his 1999 Ford Expedition by the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office on July 11, 2018.

Heuring removed the unmarked box from his vehicle and left it in the family barn. Police eventually became suspicious that the GPS location readings were showing the car as always being parked in the same location. Then the device went dark. Detectives went to the barn to retrieve the tracking device from the car, but it was no longer attached. Based upon this, police applied for warrants to search Heuring’s home and that of his parents to find the missing GPS tracker. The warrant application asserted that Heuring had committed “theft” by removing the unidentified, magnetically attached six inch by four inch black box from his car.