Theft of GPS devices among rash of burglaries 

The burglars probably know exactly where they are in the world after stealing more than $12,000 in global positioning system equipment from a South City marine store.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, a burglar or burglars broke a metal gate protecting the West Marine store at 608 Dubuque Ave. and pried open the door, South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said.

The display case was then smashed and more than $12,000 worth of GPS devices was stolen from the store, some of the items valued at nearly $1,000 apiece, Lee said.

"I’m sure that whoever stole it could sell it for less than market value," Lee said. "Obviously it’s what they went in there for."

Global positioning system devices are very popular, and Garmin, a preeminent company in the satellite navigation and global positioning business, made many of the stolen products, she added.

The burglary was just one incident in an active weekend for South San Francisco Police. There were 14 acts of vandalism on Saturday, including cars keyed and painted with graffiti, Lee said. There were reports of other cars having windows smashed and businesses having front windows broken with a stone.

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