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Friday, September 30, 2011

Accused Robber Tracked Down by GPS on Stolen iPhone

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM

click to enlarge Takes the work out of police work
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One of the many great things about smartphones is that they can be helpful in catching dumb criminals. Police say they used GPS technology to track down a teenage boy who was busted with a stolen phone he allegedly took from a woman late last night.

At about 11 p.m., the victim was walking home from work on the 1600 block of Post Street when she was shocked by a stun gun. She fell to the ground, and the robber quickly took her belongings, including her iPhone, according to police.

Police arrived at the scene where the woman informed them that she had a GPS tracking device on her phone. Police used their own GPS software and tracked the woman's phone all the way to the hands of the suspect, who had the phone with him, according to SFPD.

The suspect, a juvenile, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.

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