Trackers are cheap these days and even Mission Impossible style devices/bugs can be had that are just a little bigger than a car remote. Or if you're the DIY type, there are circuit and project boards with built in GPS chips or add-on modules available and you can buy plastic cases in standard sizes.
And the money to be made in crime is way more than developer salaries. The new frontier for crime is bitcoin fraud.
I don't know much about bitcoin but I'm intrigued. Could you please elaborate?
Not surprised that this happened, surprised that the burglar was sophisticated enough to plan this but not sophisticated enough to recover it as well.