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Cell phone thieves learn the hard way that they should switch off stolen units' GPS


Steven Bivins and Sharod Brown, in Norman, Oklahoma are behind bars after making off with a bag full of roughly 30 Apple and Samsung phones, (KFOR)

When stealing $30,000 worth of cell phones, it’s a good idea to make sure all of the units' GPS systems are turned off.

Two robbery suspects in Norman, Okla., are behind bars after making off with a bagful of 30 Apple and Samsung phones, according to Oklahoma’s News 4.

Steven Bivins and Sharod Brown might have gotten away with the heist if not for a quick-thinking store employee who made sure one of the stolen phones he gave the suspects would make them easy to track.

“The thing that the suspects did not know is that the employees put in one cell phone that had a GPS tracker on it," according to Norman Police Department spokeswoman Sarah Jensen. “Definitely a great forethought by those employees in that high-stress time to think to put that device in there so that we had that information in real time.”

Police responding to the Tuesday evening robbery were led straight to the alleged crooks, who still had the phones — as well as the baseball bat they used to rob the store — in their getaway car. They were charged with “robbery by force or fear, assault while masked, and planning to perform an act of violence.”

The robbers aren’t the brightest, either. Even if they hadn’t been nabbed by cops, the phones they stole could have been deactivated remotely, according to employees at the T-Mobile shop they robbed.