OnStar helps police track down stolen truck; Armed man arrested

OnStar helps police track down stolen truck; Armed man arrested

An armed man was arrested Tuesday thanks to help from a vehicle’s OnStar tracking technology, Madison police said.

A 28-year-old Madison man left his 2016 GMC Sierra pickup truck unlocked and running around 6:45 a.m. at the gas pumps at the BP gas station at 5445 University Ave., according to a release. When the man went inside the gas station to make a purchase, someone got into his truck and drove away.

Police said OnStar technicians helped them track the truck to Mandt Parkway in Stoughton.

Officers found the truck unoccupied and parked in the driveway of a home, according to the release. Officers watched 19-year-old Bobby A. Clayton come out of the home and try to leave in the pickup truck, but OnStar had sent a remote signal to prevent the engine from starting.

Clayton walked to a nearby convenience store, where he was arrested, officials said. He was armed with a handgun and had the truck owner’s backpack, with his laptop, cellphone and other possession.

Some of the victim’s property was missing, and the rearview mirror of the truck was ripped out, but he got his pickup truck back, according to the release.

Clayton was arrested on a tentative charge of receiving stolen property.

Clayton is also a person of interest in a similar case where a man’s vehicle was stolen from the same gas station on Oct. 24.