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iPhone owner catches three criminals using GPS tracking

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Thu September 3, 2009

iPhone GPS catches criminals

The iPhone's GPS system has reportedly assisted yet another individual attempting to find and catch thieves, according to An unidentified person living in Shadyside, PA, was held at gunpoint by two men demanding the victim's wallet, PIN numbers and iPhone. The robbed individual than used his computer and the iPhone's GPS technology to locate the thieves and helped provide police with information necessary to capture the suspects.

The two perpetrators, Bryant Rather and Brent Ray Potter, were said to have used the stolen credit card to purchase various items before moving on to a restaurant and then a gas station. That is where police apprehended the suspects, along with a third individual, Myron Knox, who was with them.

The Shadyside occurrence does not mark the first time an iPhone has helped deliver justice. Just last month, 15 year old Dustin Simantob used MobileMe's "Find my iPhone" function to catch the people who stole his phone. In addition to tracking the iPhone, the feature also allows users to change the home screen message, or even wipe personal info such as contacts.

As a result of the recent case, all three men will be charged with conspiracy, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime, and access device fraud. Potter and Rather will also be charged with robbery.

by MacNN Staff





  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is c***

    the find my iPhone is bunch of c***. I was on travel and accidentally my 3G iPhone in the taxi cab. I got to my hotel room and logged into my MobileMe account to track my phone. It said it was still at the airport, the last place I had made a phone call. Hour later, same place.
    Two hours later, same place. I ended up sending a remote wipe command and wiped the phone. Later that night the cab driver called the hotel trying to find me, and because I had told the front desk I was looking for my phone they knew it was me. I was able to recover my iPhone from the cab driver.

    I restored the iPhone using the only good backup I had, which was from Jan 2008. Now I am back at home and after reading this article I decided to log into my MobileMe and track my phone to see what it would say. Well it says my iPhone is at my old house which I sold last year!

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    in h*** did your last backup date from a year and a half ago? Don't you sync it every time you charge it?

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969


    backups were c***

    I guess there was something with all the other backups. When I restored from them nothing was restored. I even did the 3.0 and 3.1 updates which I would have thought did a full backup too.

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