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BP gas station 3-15-19

Madison police are looking for two men who were in a stolen car that was disabled remotely at this BP gas station on Verona Road.

Remote technology stopped two car thieves in their tracks in Madison on Thursday, when a man in Texas tracking the car disabled it from 1,000 miles away.

The car, a 2018 Chevy Malibu, was stolen in February. It had been rented on Feb. 7 from a Hertz rental location on Darwin Road in Madison, and was supposed to be returned by Feb. 11, but that didn't happen, so Hertz listed it as stolen.

"A subcontractor for Hertz started tracking the stolen car via GPS from his location in Texas," said Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

"When the car stopped at a BP gas station at 4501 Verona Road, the subcontractor used OnStar to disable it."

Surveillance video at the station showed the two men trying to restart the car, and when it wouldn't start, they got in touch with someone else who picked them up before officers arrived.

"The Madison Police Department is hoping the surveillance video, and information retained by Hertz, will help identify the suspects," DeSpain said.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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