Stolen tow truck tracked with help of owner’s GPS

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EUREKA, MO (KTVI)-GPS technology helped Franklin County authorities jail a suspected tow truck thief.  Amy and Mike Hyndirch, the owners of Hyndrich Towing in Eureka, were the victims.  Their flatbed tow truck was stolen from their lot Sunday morning.

“If we wouldn’t have had GPS, we probably never would have found the truck,” said Amy Hyndrich.

Franklin County authorities arrested Timothy Zeman, 51, of Pacific.  He faces multiple charges and the investigation is continuing.

Authorities say he took the tow truck to another lot and hauled away a car, motorcycle and a 2-ton truck registered in his name.  The vehicles had been impounded.  Zeman crashed after police used spike strips to slow him down.

Amy Hyndirch called police.  She shared the location of the truck by using her GPS device.  Mike Hyndrich says it’s a miracle no one was injured.  He says the truck was overloaded and improperly attached a 2 ton truck.

“There were a lot of lives in danger,” said Mark Hyndrich.

The Hyndrich’s say they’ve heard of other tow truck thefts in recent weeks.  We reported on a stolen tow truck set on fire in East St. Louis last month.  There was also a major chop shop operation busted in Franklin County last month.

The Hyndrichs say in this most recent case, their GPS device also helped a nearby business recover a stolen pickup truck.  The pickup was along the path the stolen tow truck had been.

Court documents show Zeman has been arrested on theft charges in the past.  The Hyndrichs say their tow truck is likely totaled.  They say they’ll lose business while it’s down, but are just grateful no one was seriously injured.

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