Apple Training Chicago Police On How to Find Stolen Cellphones, iPads


When a young female robber snatched an iPhone from a woman from New Zealand on a Red Line train in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day, the chase was on, says the Chicago Sun-Times. The victim and a good Samaritan pursued the bandit from car to car, and off the train. Police stopped the suspect in an alley, but she swore she didn't have the phone. Then an officer typed the victim's Apple ID and password into the Find My iPhone application on his cellphone. Instantly, her stolen phone was pinpointed on a map.

The officers found it nearby, hidden in a red shirt the 17-year-old suspect stripped off during the chase, police said. She was wearing a white tank top when she was caught. More than 700 electronic devices have been stolen on Chicago Transit Authority property over the past two years. More than 300 officers from the Chicago Police Department and other federal and local agencies have received free training from an Apple Store in hunting for stolen cellphones and iPads. The officers have learned to use Find My iPhone ­— as well as similar applications that track down other brands of cellphones such as Droids and BlackBerrys. The training paid off several months ago for an Apple employee robbed of an iPhone near the store. A cop in the store used Find My iPhone to locate the phone in a home. The phone was recovered, and the robber was captured.

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