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Sylmar burglar nabbed with help of GPS bracelet

Wilbert Matheney was arrested for allegedly sneaking into a Sylmar home and stealing a computer. Police say his ankle bracelet gave him away.

October 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 48-year-old registered sex offender was busted for a burglary in Sylmar. Police say his ankle bracelet gave him away.

Wilbert Matheney is accused of sneaking into a home on the 13400 block of Bradley Avenue on Aug. 30. After confronting a 48-year-old woman, he fled with a computer. Because he is a sex offender, Matheney is required to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Working on a tip, police checked his GPS data and determined he was inside the woman's home at the time of the burglary.

"Lo and behold, the GPS tracker put Matheny in the victim's home on the date and at the time of the burglary," said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon in a statement.

Matheny was arrested on Thursday and booked for residential burglary. He is being held without bail.