Wednesday, September 29, 2010

iPhone GPS app helps find man suspected of stealing smart phone

ROCKLIN, CA - When Josh Paul's fiancee, Michelle Langford, realized her cell phone was missing Saturday afternoon, Paul wondered about the magazine solicitor who had shown up just a short time before.

"We're looking for the phone and where did the cell phone go?" Paul said. "At that point we put it together."

But Paul did more than just call the police. He thought immediately of the "Mobile Me" GPS application Langford has her phone that allows the phone to be tracked by computer.

"So we grabbed a computer," Paul said, "And saw that her phone was walking approximately 3/4 of a mile from here."

"At first, I thought it was wrong," said Langford. "I was convinced it was a software malfunction, but it wasn't."

It was then the two called police as they traced the phone to a Rocklin residence. When they arrived, however, the thief had already left.

"But the couple at that address said, 'We'd be more than willing to let you log onto our computer and get an update on his status,'" Paul said.

The trail eventually led to a Home Depot store on Fairway Drive in Roseville where Paul identified the alleged thief and police made an arrest.


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