Decoy Bottle of Pills Leads to Robber's Demise

NYPD track him with its GPS, fatally shoot him in confrontation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
Stock image. Police are putting decoy pill bottles in pharmacies.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A man who robbed a Manhattan pharmacy at gunpoint yesterday pulled the wrong bottle from the shelf, and it cost him his life, reports NBC New York. But it wasn't drugs that did him in, it was the GPS tracking device on the decoy bottle he grabbed. Police were able to zero in on him after the robbery, finding him stuck in traffic on a service road. As officers approached his vehicle, they say he pointed a gun at them, and they opened fire, reports the New York Times. Scott Kato, 45, who has a long record of pharmacy robberies, was killed.

The NYPD began planting decoy bottles in pharmacies last year, but this is the first time that one has led them to a suspect. Other departments around the country also employ the strategy. Once the bottle is separated from its base, it begins emitting a tracking signal. Kato is suspected of robbing the same pharmacy on at least four previous occasions, and police say he took Cialis and Viagra on the earlier robberies.

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