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Stolen iPad helps locate families' missing Christmas gifts

updated 03:00 pm EST, Wed December 28, 2011

Thief found just few doors away

A stolen iPad was ultimately responsible for recovering the Christmas gifts of two California families this weekend, the LA County Sheriff's office says. In Westlake Village, a man was reportedly woken up by a noise at 3:30AM on Christmas Day, only to discover it was a burglar in his home stealing gifts. The man chased the criminal, but quickly lost sight of him; a search by deputies yielded no results.

One of the gifts was an iPad however, already activated and traceable. The victim called police later that morning and told them the iPad was signalling it was just a few doors down. There officers arrested Patrick Krewson, a 20-year-old man visiting from Vista, and recovered all the gifts, including the iPad.

Detectives say Krewson was quickly linked to a December 22nd burglary in his hometown. There he had stolen two TVs, a notebook, and over 40 gifts meant for children, which would ultimately be found by San Diego County Sheriff's deputies during a search of his home. The gifts were reportedly returned to the family that owned them in time for Christmas. As of Tuesday, Krewson was being held in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    thank goodness

    criminals are often stupid. I would imagine the victims in Westlake Village will be having a chat with their neighbors who allowed a thief to stay at their house.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    college days

    One of the most likable guys in the dorm during my college years stayed over the Thanksgiving Holidays. Police arrested him for breaking into dorm rooms for theft. We thought he was relatively intelligent, but clearly, he was not. A NY b.s.-er thought the rest of us were rubes.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not so smart

    Wow - this guy's a professional Grinch.

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