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Sex offender wearing GPS bracelet arrested in Sylmar burglary

October 8, 2012 | 11:46 am

Wilbert MatheneyIt doesn’t seem too smart to commit a burglary while wearing an ankle bracelet fitted with a global tracking device.

But that’s how detectives found 48-year-old Wilbert Matheney last week and arrested him on suspicion of stealing a laptop in Sylmar.

Matheney, a registered sex offender who was wearing a required bracelet, allegedly stole the computer from the home of a 90-year-old man and his 48-year-old female roommate on Aug. 30 in the 13400 block of Bradley Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Over the next several days, detectives canvassed the area and found neighbors who thought the suspect’s description matched that of a man who walked a small white dog routinely. Another neighbor pointed detectives to a group home for sex registrants in the 13600 block of Norris Avenue,” according to the release.

Detectives found most of those in the group home were required to wear global positioning system ankle bracelets and they tracked Matheney’s to the time and scene of the crime.

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Photo: Wilbert Matheney. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

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