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 Mashable.com. 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.