Realtor uses GPS to track disappearing signs

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BRIGHTON - Greg Portlock couldn't for the life of him figure out what was happening to his signs.

Every Friday, the realtor would place some signs in the area of South 50th and Bridge in Brighton.

And every Sunday, he'd come back to pick them up. Without fail, he says, more than a few signs were missing every time.

"We were always scratching our heads trying to figure out where these things were going," he said on Wednesday from his RE/MAX Momentum office.

So a few weeks ago, he decided to set up a camera in order to get a better idea. Soon enough, he saw the problem. On the recording he could clearly see a car drive up to one of his RE/MAX signs and leave with the sign inside. 

"I was irritated," he said. "But I still didn't know who it was."

He then decided to take a trip to Radio Shack in order to get a GPS tracking device. He placed the device (sold on average for around $100) into a sign and waited for the sign to move. 

"About 9 o'clock one night, I got a ping that it had moved," he said.

Shortly thereafter, the GPS tracker was traced, he said, to a competitor's garage.

Brighton Police won't say much about what remains an open case. 

9News was told on Wednesday that charges are pending. Portlock figures he's lost nearly 100 signs over the course of a few months.

9News is not naming the potential suspect because charges have not been filed.

Late Wednesday evening 9News heard from the man suspected of taking the signs from a number of areas in Brighton. He told reporter Chris Vanderveen many of the signs were improperly placed in areas where they did not belong. He said he had done nothing illegal.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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