In Seattle, Teen Uses “Find My iPhone” To Find His Burglar


A tech-savvy 14-year-old helped Seattle police track down a felon who was arrested with thousands of dollars in electronics equipment stolen from the boy’s home, says the Seattle Times. Using a laptop and the “Find My iPhone” app, Max Malkin pinpointed the location of his mother’s iPhone, taken with other items during a burglary last weekend.

An officer “quarterbacked” the search from Malkin’s kitchen, communicating with officers on the street until a suspect was detained — and a well-timed phone call to the iPhone enabled police to recover the stolen loot. “When the phone rang,” said Harold Malkin, a federal prosecutor, “the guy kind of knew the jig was up.” The 20-year-old man was arrested for investigation of possession of stolen property. Said the father, “From the time the laptop was opened to the time they got this guy, it was probably 15 minutes.”

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