Some clever detective work by a Summerville man and his wife helped them get their stolen GPS unit back and put a man behind bars Wednesday.
Mike Morgan, 28, reported his GPS stolen Monday from his vehicle in the Wescott subdivision, North Charleston police said.
Morgan’s wife kept an eye on Craigslist following the theft and found a listing for a GPS with a serial number that matched the one they were missing, an incident report said.
Posing as a potential buyer, Morgan arranged a meeting with the item’s seller, 24-year-old Andrew Pippin of Dorchester Road, the report said.
Morgan called police and told them of his plans to meet with Pippin at a Starbucks on Rivers Avenue. Pippin told the man he would be driving a black Chrysler 300, police said. They spotted the car in the Starbucks parking lot Wednesday. The couple’s GPS was found in the front passenger seat, the report said.
Other items in the vehicle included a drill set, a second black GPS, an electronic tablet, a speaker set and an amplifier.
Investigators are working to determine whether the other items were also stolen, Capt. Scott Deckard said.
Pippin told police he knew the person who gave him the items sometimes broke into homes and vehicles, and that the property could have been stolen.
He was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.