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Beaverton auto dealership uses locally-created app to track stolen cars

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Thanks to a phone app created in Portland, a local car dealership has two cars back that were stolen from their lot.

The app called Halo was created by a Portland company to give drivers information about their cars and service reminders, but it can also track down the exact location of a vehicle.

That feature came in very handy for Beaverton Toyota this week when two cars were stolen right off the lot.

Surveillance video shows the thief break the window of a Toyota Highlander and drive off, and then thieves took a Tundra pick-up as well.

When employees realized the vehicles were gone the next day, they remembered they both had Halo installed on them. Police were able to track exactly where the vehicles were located using the app.

“The police came out, and when they saw what this application does, they were thoroughly impressed because they knew exactly where the car was,” Josh Ford with Beaverton Toyota explained. “In fact, when we started tracking the Tundra, it was moving from Swan Island to southeast Portland.”

Employees said retrieving stolen cars can often take weeks or months, and they’re often stripped by then.

The employees noted that they got these cars back with just a couple broken windows and in just 24 hours.

For more information on the Halo app, visit the app’s site at HaloCar.us.

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