SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a troubling case of cyberstalking stemming from Hoopfest weekend.
According to court documents filed this week, a teenage girl says she parked her car on North River Drive the morning of June 25 to attend Hoopfest.
She stayed there for three hours and then left. Several hours later, she received a Bluetooth notification on her cell phone indicating an unknown accessory detected, which displayed a GPS pin to her home. She left half an hour later to go to a cafe and then returned home. His mobile phone’s Map app showed the route from his home to the cafe and back.
That’s when she told her parents.
The family checked their car for anything unusual and eventually discovered a small black plastic device, the size of a credit card, under the engine compartment of their car. The device had the name “Tile” printed on it, which she learned is a tracking device. It’s supposed to be used to find lost wallets, keys or phones, but in this case the family believed it was being used to track the girl.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating and filing court documents to obtain more information from Tile, including ownership, device login locations, and any accounts associated with the device.