Yes, depending on how it was purchased, they can track them.
By the way, you knowing about this, not reporting it, and assisting him by asking this question all makes you an accessory.
Call the police and report it. Do you really want a thief for a friend? What about when he steals from you?
I hope you still think he is your friend when you land in jail. And the evidence is in the question and deleting it won't make it go away.